Saturday, August 28, 2010

Let's talk about lipgloss

One thing I can't leave the house without is lipgloss. Not chapstick or lipstick, but gloss. I love how it slides on your lips and tastes yummy. I have probably three in my purse, a couple more in my workbag, and a few others laying around. When I go to work, I put pens in one pocket, and lipgloss in the other. Do you get the picture now?! Ha, I love it. And not any old kind, but the super-you can see your reflection in your lips kind. My all time favorite (and go to) are from Victoria's Secret. They are super shiny and taste good!

This one is my newest discovery. It's also from Victoria's Secret (not exactly in this color).
Can you tell I love Victoria's Secret?!

Now on to the fails. With finding your favorites, you need to try some not so good ones. Being on my all natural kick recently, I tried the lipgloss from Burts Bees:

It was alright. The shine wasn't bad, but it had a funny aftertaste whenever you licked your lips. I still have it in my workbag, hopefully it will grow on me after a while =)

This one is an ultimate fail however:

It's made from carrots. Umm, I almost puked in my mouth after I put it on. Not so yummy. And the shine wasn't that great. Just say no to carrots, yuck!

Oh, and believe it or not, can you guess what gives a great shine? I use this when at home or right before I put on my lipgloss. Can you guess it?


Yes, it gives a great shine and it's cheap!
What's your favorite lipgloss?

Happy Saturday my friends,

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lil' ol' crafty me

We finished yet another diaper cake yesterday. Our second order thus far plus we have another order lined up, yay! Doesn't matter if it's a friend's order or not, an order is an order =). This was for another little girl and it is pink overload, but their theme is brown and pink, so it's very fitting.

My friend and partner in diaper cakery found this adorable stuffed animal...precious!

And I've taken up yet another hobby. I've never done it in my life, but I'm anxious to start. What is it you ask? Knitting. I've always thought it's for old ladies, but I'm intrigued. And when I'm intrigued, it doesn't leave my mind until I try it. I've always wanted to try and make baby hats. Also baby headbands. But didn't even know where to start. I've heard crocheting is easier, but then I was at my favorite store yesterday (Barnes and Noble) and stumbled upon this book.

The hats in this book are just so adorable, I couldn't pass it up. So here I am, wish me luck. It's a bit overwhelming at first. I don't know the vocabulary, so it's a slow learning process. Reading the first couple pages, it states that rolling your yarn into a ball is essential at first so when you are knitting, it doesn't get tangled. It said rolling it into a ball will make your projects go faster. So I rolled my yarn last night, thinking it would be easy. Umm, yeah, it took forever and my left hand was left temporarily in a claw from holding the ball of yarn for so long! But look at this beauty...

I'm not saying I will succeed at this, I might turn out to be an utter failure at knitting, but by golly, I am going to try! Anyone knit, and if so, any advice?!

Happy Thursday my friends,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My weekend purchase

I have wanted one of these forever! We climbed Badger Mountain over the weekend and I didn't want to leave Brea behind. It's a long walk uphill and she is just too darn teeny to walk it all! So I ran to Petco Saturday morning and got one. They only had a medium size, where she needed a small, but we made it work. But before you judge me, just look at the mountain she would have to climb...

She is just too small to be climbing up that! And I was right, she got tired about 1/3 of the way up and I was pulling her so into the pack she went! She got scared at first and tried to jump out, thank god for the safety harness on it! And thank god for my brother in law who came with us and ended up carrying her. I am out of shape apparently because I could barely drag myself up there! I don't foresee myself using it that much. She goes on long walks around the neighborhood, but I figured it would be good for traveling, or climbing up Badger again. Just as long as I have someone to carry her =)

Happy Tuesday my friends,

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Welcome ICLW!

I'm so excited for ICLW, this is my very first one and I can't wait to see what other blogs I can discover. I
 l-o-v-e reading other blogs and taking a peek into someone else's life and see what makes them them. Let me give you a quick summary of what makes me tick...

I started a blog a few years back, but only really got into it this past year.
Have a great hubby and two cats, two dogs and rabbit that lives in our backyard.
I am a night nurse and have a messed up body schedule.
This current year has been marked with a chemical pregnancy as well as a miscarriage this past spring.
We are a foster home for a local animal shelter.
I love reading a good book, watching a TON of reality T.V. and surfing the internet.
I have taken up photography this past year (amateur for sure!).
Also this past year have gotten into building diaper cakes with a friend of mine.
I love meeting new people and reading new blogs!

There is so much more to me than the list above, but just read my blog and you will get a good idea of who I am.

Happy Saturday my friends,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hello lover

I went on a shopping spree. A real live, money-spending, hours-long, good-for-the-soul, solo shopping spree. I needed it =) I love spending money, but don't really love trying on clothes. I love looking at clothes, and buying accessories, perfume, lotions, make-up, knick knacks etc... but not trying on clothes. My new obsession is make-up. I'm having lots of fun playing with my make-up, and if I don't like it, I wipe it off and try again!
I have been using MAC for ages. A couple months ago I decided I wanted to try the mineral make-up. I like it, but feel it doesn't last too long. It's nice for some quick make-up, but I needed something to last all day. So I went back to MAC. This is the make-up I bought (not all from MAC)...

May not look like a whole lot, but it adds up =)

While make-up is my current obsession, let me tell you about a years long obsession I have. Perfume. I love it. And I love discovering new scents I can't live without. My go-to's are from Victoria's Secret, but I have some that are from elsewhere. And I think I found my new love...

Her name is Eva...

I found her at the benefits counter. She is one of six scents I believe and they all smell wonderful, but this one is my absolute.fave. This is what the box looks like and then you open it up and...

Here she is! I highly recommend it =) The lady was telling me all what's in it, but I can't remember it anymore to tell you. I will just tell you it's bliss in a bottle!

And this is the jewelry organizer I found at Maurices. I wasn't looking for one, but I couldn't pass it up. I have a jewelry tree, but my jewelry was flooding it, so this was perfect timing. What I have pictured is not all the items I purchased, but I didn't want to bombard this post with EVERYTHING I bought!

I was so happy after playing around with my new purchases I had to take a picture to share with you all! And I was so excited to share that I didn't even edit my pictures, they are straight off the camera to your front door =)

Happy Tuesday my friends,


Monday, August 16, 2010

strength and my current pet peeve

Ever feel like sometimes you just want to stop pretending you are strong? I try. I can't tell if I actually am strong or am really good at pretending that I even fool myself. I actually feel great most days, but sometimes I just hit a brick wall. And all my strength goes out the window. I get anxious, scared, worried, and about 1,000 different emotions. I don't know where I draw my strength from, but I wish I knew so I could have a way of getting it back whenever I see fit. When my strength leaves, I feel tired. Physically and emotionally drained. I write this because I feel I have zero strength right now. Hopefully I will go to bed and wake up ready to go again.

This is a bracelet a friend of mine made me. She made it with me in mind and I love it for that reason. I wear it a lot because 1) I like it, and 2) someone made it just for me. I love it and will cherish it forever.
This said friend gave me so much encouragement and kind words when I was going through my last miscarriage. She knew just what to say to make me feel so much better.
Which brings me to my current pet peeve...kind of. Let me start off by saying that I am so grateful that I feel like my old self again. Even though what I went through was a life altering experience, I feel I have grieved. Yes, I still think about it (naturally), and even though it pains me to say, I have gotten on with my life. I will never forget, but I am doing my best to move forward. With that said, my pet peeve. When I went through my last miscarriage, I didn't go screaming it from the rooftops that it happened. But if someone asked or it was brought up somehow, I shared my story. I had nothing to hide and didn't mind talking about it. I have been asked this question too many times to count now, "When are you guys having kids?" I have been asked this question about 1,000 times since my miscarriage. So I tell them that I had a miscarriage this past spring and hopefully we will have kids soon. And many times the response I would get back is a blank stare, or they would keep talking about something else. I know some of these people heard about my miscarriage from others, so they already knew. But they never once said anything to me about it. I'm not asking for much. Just a simple "I'm sorry" will suffice. I'm not asking to be held and consoled. Just a simple "I'm sorry." Apparently that is too much to ask. Now I know miscarriage is an uncomfortable subject for many, I understand that. But   common courtesy would be nice. Just a quick acknowledgement would comfort me to let me know there is an ounce of decency in there. Ok, now I'm getting mad talking about it =) The more it happens, the more frustrating it is becoming. To me, it's like saying "my mother or father died" and no one saying a word about it, like it didn't happen. It's sad because it makes me question who they are as people, as friends, and I don't like doing that...ok, vent over. Now that I got that off my chest, I can go to sleep now after a long night of work!

Happy Monday my friends,

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


If any of you remember, we had a foster dog named Skye who was staying with us while she waited to go to
her new home. Well today was the day she went to live with her new family. She was only with us for a month and I never thought I'd be this sad to see her go. Granted, we could never have more than two permanent dogs living in this house at once. Our house isn't huge so adopting anymore animals is out of the question. That's why fostering is great. But I never expected myself to be this sad! I think I was more scared for Skye. See, when we first got her she was very jumpy and wouldn't leave my side. Always looking over her shoulder to make sure someone was there. I wasn't sure if it was because she was in a new place, or if it had anything to do with her past. We didn't know where she came from because she was a stray. She got very comfortable living here and I didn't want her to get scared or think we were abandoning her (if she could really think that). I was scared she wasn't going to a good home (even though the shelter reassured us she was going to a great home). So I was mostly sad for her. Well today came and she walked out of our house tail wagging. I hope she doesn't get scared and lives happily ever after with her new family. 
As I do with all our dogs, I will do a quick "get to know" Skye, even though she is no longer a part of this household anymore.

In the short month she was a part of our family, we learned that Skye loves girls. She's not too sure about guys at first but once she gets to know them, she's OK with them to.
We learned that she's a licker, and especially loves hands.
We learned that she loves playing with other dogs.
She never left my side.
She loves trying to get up onto furniture, even though she is not allowed.
She loved a red chew toy of Chase's, which we gave to her to enjoy on her car ride to her new family.
She wasn't too sure about rawhides at first, but was learning to love them.
She doesn't like being startled.
She loves having her back rubbed, and will lean into you to let you know she likes it.
She has to be the first one through the door.
She knows basic commands like sit and come.
She's just a sweet girl who loves to be loved.

We'll miss you Skye!

Happy Wednesday my friends,

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Another masterpiece

We made our third diaper cake this past weekend, and this was our first sale! Granted, it was my mom for her friend, but a sale is a sale =) This was also the first one we have made for a little girl. That is probably why it is bursting with pink. I had zebra and hot pink in my mind for a while so I was glad when we could finally make it. My friend and I really enjoy making these and it's an added bonus that we can get paid to do it. Like I said this was only our third one so we are still just getting some basics down. We have been playing with how to make it really stable. And later on hopefully we can expand into making different shapes and what not with the diapers. But that is for later =)

Here is the back with a rattle sticking up from out of it.

And the top of the diaper cake. The zebra on top is a toy with it's legs sticking out from in between the flowers. I wish it would have been a bit bigger but it was way too cute to pass up.

So there you have it. Another success!

Happy Sunday my friends,


Thursday, August 5, 2010

A love-hate relationship

Today I was at my wit's end. I love my iphone. It's my baby. I carry it with me everywhere. I never thought I could love a phone as much as I love mine (I know, a bit dramatic).
I play games, check facebook a million times a day, listen to music, shop for new apps, play with my existing apps, and sometimes talk/text people. But I have one tiny problem with it...

I can't get a call in/or out half the time! You know, the whole reason of having a phone?! I haven't had a land line for years. We use our cells phones. Ever since we got our iphones a while back, the service sucks. Sometimes I get service in my house, sometimes I don't. Justin doesn't get service at the college he attends for his classes. Our calls get dropped a lot. And today I had it. I was trying to get a hold of Justin after I left the gym to ask him to do a favor for me. A small, insignificant favor. I knew he was at home and when I kept getting his voicemail, I was getting mad. Not at him, because I knew that my calls weren't going through.
And sure enough, when I got home, his phone didn't ring once. Only thirty minutes later did he get my one text message. I was mad. I immediately demanded he call and add a land line to our cable/internet service. Plus, I was expecting a phone call and was worried it wasn't going through.
*sigh* technology. So now we have a home phone. I am fully aware that it does us no good when we are not at home, but I needed some sort of solution. I know I could just go to a whole different provider all together, but after all this drama, I still love my iphone. 

Happy Thursday my friends,