Monday, April 29, 2013

Hello Monday, Mikayla goes to prom!

This weekend my little sister went to her first prom. She looked gorgeous! -and that has nothing to do with the fact that I did her hair and makeup!

I can’t help it; I’m a proud big sister!

It amazes me how our personalities differ. I would turn into a complete prom-zilla over the color of my corsage, or how my hair needed to look. Mikayla is much more laid back. She only had one request; she wanted to wear her hair down. I wish I could be that easy going.

We took hundreds of photos, it was nearly impossible to narrow them down.

For her makeup, we tried to keep it light and natural. However, we did go with a slightly bold eye.

For kicks and giggles, here's a picture of my prom look!

Today we're joining Lisa Leonard for Hello Monday.
Hello weather forecast, 87 degrees for the high!
Hello summer clothing.
Hello celebrating a dear friend's birthday, Susan I'm talking about you!
Hello house hunting. I hope to be done with you soon! ;-)
Hello May.
Goodbye April.
Have a wonderful Monday friends!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April Birchbox

I am soooo glad spring is finally here! As a way to get out of the house, I decided to shoot my Birchbox outside. I'm not too crazy about the burlap in the photos (*note to self* burlap might be on trend for event decorating and home decor but that doesn't mean it works with everything...especially beauty products). Oh well! you live and you learn!
I took these photos last week and spent the weekend testing out the products.
I know it must seem like I say this every month, but this month's box was awesome!
Birchbox teamed up with Women's Health to create this months box.

I always love their packaging. I'm a sucker for pink tissue paper.

The Caudalie Divine Oil is my favorite thing in the box! It smells delicious and left my skin feeling like silk.

Words cannot describe the sense of calm I felt after my evening bath covered in this luxurious oil. I felt so relaxed and refreshed. I will order this product when I have more points built up!

The Nexxus Youth Renewal Elixir is probably a great product for someone with dry hair. I have the opposite problem, my hair tends to be a little oily. This product went into my guest goodies jar!

The StriVectin Eye Concentrate (pictured above) is supposed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fade dark under-eye circles. Lately, I've been obsessed with ageing (this is due to the fact that I found a gray hair the other day. My first gray hair. I came across it while sectioning off layers of my hair to be straightened. I about died. My heart rate physically increased y'all! I'm not ready for gray hair! I'm not ready for wrinkles!)

Needless to say, I've been using this wrinkle cream religiously. Who knows if it's actually working but it's worth a shot!

I LOVE the Mirenesse Glossy lip pencil. It doubles as a cheek stain and the color is stunning. Bright red is a little bold for everyday but I will most definitely wear it on special occasions.

Of course, Birchbox can't go wrong with herbal tea. I love trying out new flavors and the Mighty Leaf Teas were all delicious.

Well folks, that about sums up my April box. If you're interested in learning more about Birchbox, click here
I really hope you give it a chance! I have been a fan for nearly two years and I still love it

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hello Monday

A little more than a month ago I mentioned that I was thinking about buying a house…Well since then I’ve found a realtor and walked through a dozen.

I had no idea shopping for a home would be so exhausting (and I’ve only just begun). Out of the 12 houses I’ve walked through, I’ve only liked 3 of them.

Starting out, I had an unrealistic idea about what shopping for a new home would be like. I think my addiction to HGTV has played a huge role in this. Friends, the real world is nothing like House Hunters! I thought I would enjoy looking at every single home. I thought that I would *like* some aspect about each house my realtor showed me.

Boy was I wrong.

Some of the homes I’ve looked at smelled funny. Some of them were very dirty. All of them have problems. None of them are perfect.

Oh and I forgot to mention that I am prone to car sickness. So you can only imagine how enjoyable it has been for me to weave in and out of neighborhoods with my realtor (I’ll spare you the details). Needless to say, it has been an interesting experience.  

But one thing I have learned throughout this process: I live in a charming town.

Last week I stumbled upon this lovely cottage.

I'm in love with the yellow front door.
I've decided that no matter what, I will paint my front door yellow.

(I might even knock on this person’s door to ask what paint color they used).

And look at this beautiful walkway. I love love love the tulips.

I wasn't going to tell you...but...I actually found a house that I adore. Yes, there are problems. Yes, I've only been looking for a couple of weeks...but oh! it is so dreamy. I can totally see myself there. However, I'm going to *try* to be patient and keep looking for a little while longer.

On another note, today we are linking up with Lisa Leonard for Hello Monday.
Hello yellow door.

Hello new week!
Hello beautiful spring weather.
Hello last minute touches for Sunday's baby shower.
Hello leftover smoked turkey sandwiches.
Hello Voice battle rounds part 1.
Hello spray tan, goodbye pale legs.
Hello open windows, it's been way too long.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stranger Danger!

A few weeks ago I posted this picture (on Instagram) of my jogging trail:

It’s one of my favorite places in town.
The wild flowers, trees and a giant rock wall entertain me as I trek along.
It’s somewhat of an escape for me. I put my ear buds in and am instantly lost in the music.
However, the trail has its downsides.
For one, it is very secluded.
Last weekend I got to the trail about 30 minutes later than my usual time. The sun was still up but I knew dusk was approaching.  I figured I would jog half of my usual routine and make it back before sunset.
Well, I got about halfway down the 3 mile trail and noticed the street lights were on. I began to jog a little quicker, hoping to get to my car before dark.
A few minutes later, I had this urge to look behind me. When I looked back, I saw a black figure running towards me. I couldn’t make out any of the details (i.e. race, gender, build) but it made my hair stand on end.
Immediately, I shut off my music and called my dad. I could barely speak. I was in a full sprint, my lungs felt like they were going to explode.
When I finally made out the words: “I think I’m being chased by someone on the jogging trail!”  He began to ask me specific questions about my location.
“I’m on a secluded jogging trail in the middle of the woods. I’m not visible to anyone other than the person behind me. They are wearing all black; I can’t even see their face. They might be wearing a mask.  I am a mile from my car. I’m between Kerr Lab and 14th street, headed south towards Kerr Lab where my car is parked.”
At this point, I had convinced myself that I was about to be abducted.
I pushed myself harder. My legs felt foreign to my body. They were moving faster than ever before. I keep an eye on the person behind me. They were running too.
I prayed that God protect me. I imagined him making me invisible to the potential abductor. I believed that the Lord was capable. So I ran and I prayed. “Lord protect me. Lord protect me. Lord protect me.” I probably thought it a hundred times.
When I made it out of the woods, and I could see my car, I began to relax.
Once I was safely in my car, I looked down the trail. No one was there. No one ever came out of the woods. It was like I had made the whole thing up.
I have no idea if I was in any kind of real danger. I have no idea if the person behind me was even a male or a female. But my instincts told me that something was wrong. My instincts told me to run.
Later that night, my dad told me that he could hardly make out what I was saying because I was breathing so hard. He did say that he could hear the panic in my voice.
We were both a little shaken up.
Looking back, I probably should have been more careful. I shouldn’t have been jogging so late in the evening.
I haven’t been on the trail since that scary encounter. I’m not sure I will ever feel safe there again.
But I will pay better attention to my surroundings, and I will NEVER go jogging at dusk again!
I know several of you are runners, promise me you will not make my mistake!
Take care of yourselves!
Happy Hump Day!