Homeschooling Reality

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We have a “school room” in my house. This was our formal dining room, that we converted (or basically took over and refused to give up when the hubby started to complain), to hold all of schooling stuff. Any homeschooling mom know how much stuff you collect, especially when you school more then one. We have this great room, big table (yes the original dining table), we have book cases, we have places for pens/pencils/markers/art supplies. In my mind, we have this great place, for serious studies, that all work gets completed, and all stuff gets contained. All four of us have space to work (my three princesses and me), and it will keep my house clean because there is no reason to work anywhere else.

The reality, as I look around my downstairs: I am sitting at the kitchen table with my morning tea and laptop, Tink has brought all of her Algebra work to come join me on the kitchen table. Belle has taken all of her art supplies to the living room, to complete her art project in front of Mickey Mouse ClubHouse, and Baby has taken her blocks, aka math manipulatives, and made a mine field going from the front door to the back door. So much for keeping school in the school room.

Smiling and continuing to drink my tea.

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BB Creams… Worth it or No?

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What is a BB Cream, and what does it actually do?

These were the questions that I was asking. To be honest, I was tired of not knowing. I was at the store and decided to give it a try. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream was the winner. It claimed to be an 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfecter.

  1. Blurs Imperfections
  2. Enhances
  3. Brightens
  4. Adjusts to Skin Tone
  5. Smooths
  6. Hydrates
  7. SPF 30
  8. 0% Oil

Sounded pretty good. When I apply it actually does a lot of these items. It does blur (or eliminate) imperfections. I have a tendency to have a bit of “Rudolf Nose” in the winter and it does cover that up nicely. It does brighten the skin, without any shimmer, it has a matte finish. As far as adjusting, it does a good job of matching my skin tone and blending into my skin. Smooths and hydrates without looking oily or shiny. So it does do what it claims, mostly.

I should have read the packing better, as it says it is a sheer tint. And that is a very sheer almost translucent. Also, it does say to reapply every 2 hours. This is a stretch, it does not last that long on my skin. It is very short lived product. Maybe with a primer and a setting powder, it would last longer. That seems like a lot of work though on days that I am just wanting a little something to balance out. If I was going through all of that, I would probably just use foundation.

All in all, I don’t think that this is a great product for me. What do you guys think?

To Dust or Not To Dust

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Do you use a setting powder? Normally, I use a powder foundation; no need to put yet another powder on my face. But, I was going out and knew that I would be using my liquid. To me, liquid foundation often screams, “Hello I am wearing a liquid foundation!!”. I can spot it a mile away (same with just about any foundation so I am not singling out those that wear it.) Why not try a setting powder? It might cut some of the shine that I do occasionally get with it, it might cut what I call the liquid look, it might help my little lines that are starting to show up. Off to research, aka, a trip to Sephora to shift through all my options.

I settled on Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. The reasons that I went with this is because it was a matte, and the light reflecting crystals were suppose to help the look of lines and pores. Basically this was suppose to smooth the skin of any minor issue. For $34.00 it is on the cheaper side of the ones I was looking at so home it went.

Now that I have used it a few times, I have to say I still don’t have a firm answer either way. I don’t LOVE it but I don’t dislike it either. It is certainly not for use with other powders or for day time makeup. For going out, with a liquid foundation, it does give great staying power. The biggest perks is that in photos, when I use it, I look amazing. It truly is translucent, the light reflecting crystals make me look soft and awake, and I look years younger (it really does erase those little fine lines). In person though, it does have a slight cakey powdery look. Now off to a dark bar, or cozy restaurant this wont be an issue, no one would be able to tell. The light is to low to see details like that.

So will I buy again? Probably not. I see other items that I like more for $34. Has anyone else tried this and have other thoughts?

Help A Girl Out Here

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I am in need of help!! I can even admit that I need help!!

I am wanting to do some tutorials on my make up looks. When I am out and about, I get comments on my makeup and I would LOVE to share them with all of you (because they are fast and super easy). But how in the world do you girls take such lovely picks of your makeup? I swear when I do, it looks nothing like what I have on. So what is your secret?

Please leave a message and help a girl out.

Soft, Sexy Boudoir Eyes

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This is my go to eye shadow. I have to admit, I am kinda in love with it. Boudoir Eyes; Soft and Sexy Eyes from Too Faced is a staple in my make up bag. It is a wonderful kit, with colors for day time looks (if you rock the purple during the day) and colors for very sultry smokey eyes. I like that all the colors match, so I can go more subtle, soft doing “mommy hours” and it is really easy, quick to change into a come hither date night with the hubby look. At only $36.00 it is hard to find a reason not to pick one up.

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There are nine fantastic shades:

  1. In The Buff- This is a great highlight color, at almost a white matte color
  2. Fuzzy Handcuffs- A very soft matte pink color.
  3. Voulez-Vous- A dark matte purple color.
  4. Satin Sheets-  A shimmery pinky peach. (This is very similar to Nars Orgasm with a little bit more shimmer?)
  5. Sugar Walls- A shimmer pinky purple color.
  6. Garter Belt- A soft gray matte color.
  7. Birthday Suit- A shimmery nude color.
  8. Lap Dance- A shimmery purple color.
  9. French Tickler- A black with silver shimmer color.

Like all of the Too Faced products I have tried, there is next to no fallout. The colors are all soft, creamy and oh so easy to blend. I am not normally a huge fan of pink on my eyes, but these are not over the top pinks. It really does give a very soft, feminine, romantic look.

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Party Party

Have you heard of Link Parties? I have never even heard of these before. Being me, I have never been the type of person to turn down a good party. So I went ahead and linked up to a few this morning. Go check them out!!

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I certainly hope that I did all that right. There are so many great blogs on these sites. Thank you to all the hosts for providing a space for them 🙂

Epic Epic Fail

We all have those days, that are just off. That things just don’t go your way, that the things that you try just don’t go according to plan. Today was one of those days.

For me, when I have one of those days. I like to craft. It is silly, but when everything is a mess, I like to create something. It makes me happy to know that something turns out how I want, on a day when something has to go right. So what do you do, on those crazy days, when you do your thing to make it seem better, and that thing is a major epic fail?

You laugh at the world, cause what else is left?

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This was suppose to be a positivity jar for 2014. It was suppose to be a jar, that we can fill with notes about all the wonderful, silly little moments that happen in the year. The ones that are so precious in the moment, but by the end of the year, you tend to forget about. I was thinking that on New Years Eve we would open them up and read them with my family. Be able to laugh and remember how great the year was. This is proof that even the so called “Perfect Mom” is not so perfect. So back to square one.

What is Perfection??

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What is perfection and how do you obtain it? What does perfection mean to you? When you close your eyes and think about the perfect life, what do you see? How can you be the perfect mom?

Well I think that a perfect mom, you are expected to be creative, crafty, able to solve all problems, run the girl scout troop, be up at all hours of the night with the kids yet still wake up before the kids to have that great breakfast on the table to start their day all bright eyed and bushy tailed. That you can turn chicken, ketchup, and milk into a fabulous 3 course healthy meal. Not only running all the kids actives but make all the healthy snacks; from scratch. That you are always the picture perfect ideal of strength and compassion, with a happy face making sure that everything will always turn out ok. All while looking beautiful and put together at any given moment.

To the outside world my family (and I) seem to obtain all of the above. Our friends (more like acquaintances, since our loved ones know the truth) joke about how perfect we are. “Look at the perfect mom, making the rest of us look bad again.” Seems to a favorite. And while this makes me smile to the person saying this, I am inwardly cringing. If only they knew the truth.

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So if, I have all those things, if my life looks perfect, then why do I always feel like such a failure all the time. (Perfect example, I hit publish instead of save half way through this post and had to delete it, and remake it lol. Ooops. Sorry to everyone that got an email with this post only to have it NOT actually exist)

I have really been trying to be “perfect mom” and “perfect wife”, but am failing miserably. It seems like I can get my stuff together on one side but then the other side is slacking, then I get the other side back up to a reasonable level but the side that I was doing so well on starts to fall. I picture myself with my hands stretched out, plates on each and all the “job responsibilities” on each. Like I think, most moms feel at some point.

So where did these bars come from? Do they come from TV, from magazines, from ourselves? Or are we just comparing ourselves to the public face we see of others? That our view is so skewed that we can’t possibly live up to our own standards? The answer is I don’t know.

All I know is how I feel and one day I am determined not to feel like a failure. One day I will have it all together.

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Mascara… Designer or Drug Store?

Do you have to shell out a lot for a great mascara? Do you have to go to a store like Sephora to get amazing lashes?

If you would have asked me last week I would have, without even a second thought, said, “Yes. You completely get what you pay for.” In other words, to get those full, long, dark lashes you would have to pay $30 bucks or so for a tube of mascara. Drug store brands, just can’t do what the big boys in makeup can.

I am a total mascara snob, I can admit that. I like “Their Real”, in fact I haven’t bought anything else in over a year. I am lucky and have very full lashes, so I don’t need anything that adds volume. So “Their Real” is perfect for me. It does add a bit of volume, but man oh man, the length that I get is amazing. No false lashes over here any more. This is my go to, my every day, don’t go anywhere without it mascara.

Then the impossible happened. I went out-of-town and forgot it!!!! The little town that I was visiting, had no Sephora, had no Dillards (to pick up my second favorite from Clinique), my ONLY option was… gasp…. Wal-Mart. Okay, deep breaths, for a few days I am going to have to use a drug store mascara. Not the end of the world. I ended up buying Maybelline’s Big Eyes. All I can say is WOW!!! I am totally floored. This was fantastic. The brush for your top lashes is a big fluff brush and it added massive volume. I didn’t think that I needed more volume but it made a huge difference. Plus the length that I got was comparable to my more expensive brand. Then it had a separate brush for the lower lashes, this is a tiny brush designed for separating each lash. Once again I got more volume and great length.

To be honest, I am highly re-thinking EVER spending another $30 on a tube of mascara. Even if I have to buy a new tube every month, it will be cheaper than how often I am currently buying from the big boys. So tell me, what do you use? Would you be willing to change and try a drug store brand?

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Orgasm…. NARS Style

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With a name like Orgasm, how can you not love this blush? I try to stay away from hyped items. My history shows that they don’t always live up to the hype; and it drives me nuts when I shell out big bucks (hello Naked 2 I am talking to you) to have an item not live up to it. Needless to say, I have been shying away from the “investment” of NARS Orgasm. Looking at $29.99 plus tax, it is quite expensive for blush. I am not a blush person, maybe a little bronzer, but I really don’t like pink cheeks. It might be that I have so much olive, yet naturally bright pink lips, that I find it hard to find a shade of blush that doesn’t make me look clownish.

When I started looking into blush, I was shocked that this was getting so many rave reviews. I mean professionals were falling all over themselves to get this stuff. That it was the only blush a person needed, for every skin tone, for every coloring, for every person. It was the perfect blend of pink and peach, with a gold shimmer. Come on, how can one blush be perfect for EVERYONE. That sounds a little to good to be true. And we all know, things that sound to good to be true, typically are.

Very hesitantly, when no one was looking, after telling four sales people to leave me alone. I snuck the sampler/demo, over to a mirror and put just a little tiny bit on my cheeks. It instantly perked my face up, gave me a natural flush. While still being sheer, and not heavy looking. The shimmer in it was enough to make me look more awake, but not over the top. I have to admit, I was shocked. And into my cart it went.

So now to see if it lived up to matching and working with everyone. When girlfriends come over, or when I saw my female family I made them all try it. They were not happy with me, but I had to know if it really worked so well with every skin tone. There is not been anyone that it has not worked with. Gotta admit, I am pretty impressed with this little blush.

Nothing is perfect, so the downside; with the shimmer in it, while understated and not over the top by any means. It is enough that if you are wearing lots of shimmery glittery eyeshadow or high shine lipgloss, it is on the border of shimmer overload. So while perfect with mattes, it has to be the only shimmer on your face. (Maybe I am just a prude when it comes to shimmer, but I don’t like a lot of shimmer on my face or else where) Overall, I have to admit that I really like this blush. It will continue to be a staple in my daily routine.