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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My New JOB!

I am so happy to share my new job with you all! Since staying home to homeschool Kameron, things have been a little tight in the finance department. Although I know that the Lord approves of our decision for me to stay home, I also want to try and help give us a little more breathing room! I've done Direct Sales before...but I was in college. By the way...College + Direct Sales = DISASTER! That experience left quite the bad taste in my mouth for it! Anyway, I was at a friend's house last weekend (watching the STEELERS whoop another team) (I can't remember who the other team was...thus the jewelry thing!) and she pulled out her Silpada catalog and asked me if I had any Silpada jewelry. "No," I said. "I can't afford it!" She nodded and let me look through the catalog as well as see her little collection she had purchased over the years. I was hooked! Not only did I find that I was in LOVE with the beautiful sterling silver jewelry, but I could make money selling it! My friend is not into direct sales, she just truly loves the product. After much prayer and discussion with my husband, I contacted a wonderful lady, Ruth Brown, and she has guided me through the process of becoming a Representative for Silpada jewelry. I am so excited...nervous, but excited! One great thing about it is I get to get out of the house and have fun with other women...trying on jewelry!! I need this so much! Since some of the jewelry is pricey...there is an amazing way to earn LOTS of FREE jewelry if you host a party, which is sooo cool!! I hope and pray that I can find some friends to host parties for me so that I can start to make some money with this. I pray that the Lord will bless my efforts to try and earn a little extra money for our home. I'm so excited to be having my first party - an open house - at my home on Friday, February 4 from 6:30 - 8:00. It is a Drop-In and I'll have finger foods as well as a glamorous display of Silpada jewelry that I have purchased for my business! I can't wait!! I truly hope some of my friends show up...there is always a fear no one will come :0(. If you're interested in seeing the product...PLEASE, call me, e-mail me or better yet, visit my very own site:
Thanks, Ya'll, for letting me vent about this new venture in my life :0) Maybe I'll see some of you at a party!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Urban Decay Naked Palette Tutorial

So, I'm still trying to learn on this Youtube thing! Here's another video I did...the music is a little messed you may want to mute while watching ;0) I guess I won't add music to the next one! Enjoy and THANKS :0)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Plum Eyes Using Drugstore Products

I just uploaded a new Makeup Tutorial video! Plum Eyes with Drugstore Products!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

More Important Things To Do?

I just read an article about an upcoming court case in New Hampshire (Supreme Court). It involves a young homeschooled girl who is charged with "vigorously defending her Christian beliefs." She has been ordered to enter public school so "her religious views mixed with other views." The catcher parent (the father) is the one pressing charges! The mother is defending her daughter and appealing the judge's order on an appeal.

One of the many reasons I choose to homeschool my son is for religious beliefs. I'm not a religious fanatic or anything, but I do want my child to grow up knowing who and what God is. Public school is absolutely NOT an option for us. I won't go into other reasons in depth here as to why we choose to homeschool (superior academics, quality time, no violence...) but it infuriates me to think what this family is going through. Parents have the duty to instruct their children. In fact, a lot of families out there DO leave it to the schools and even churches to educate their children. Biblically, that is not sound! Parents, it is OUR responsibility to educate our children with morals, values and religion.

As opposed to 1990, there are now over 2 million children who are being homeschooled in the United States. Soon, there will be more when those who grew up in the 90's begin to homeschool their own. Doesn't this tell us something?

I am not advocating for everyone to homeschool. It is a choice, just like everything else is. I know what my family has chosen and we are lucky enough to be able to afford to do. What I am advocating is to not send someone to court for their beliefs! Ugg! The government frustrates me sometimes. Don't they have more important things they should be putting people on trial for?

Friday, January 14, 2011

My 1st YOU TUBE Video ;0)

Oh My Goodness! I'm a nervous wreck. I've been trying all day to create a Youtube account and upload a very first one ever. I finally succeeded, but it is far from perfect and I've already learned a lot. I have A LOT more to learn, if you're interested, click this link: Smokey Brown Eyes Tutorial or watch below! Let me know what you think...hey, I know it is FAR from perfect, but any feedback would be GREAT!! :0)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Getting To Know Me: Week 1

I have a few things that I'm mighty fond of and I thought I would try to do a new blog post today and share a few of them so you could get to know me a little better (if you're reading this and don't really know me and want to get to!) I'm going to call it "Getting To Know Me".

If you DO know me or have read my blog before, you already know that of course my family, friends and my church are things I'm fond of...but aside from those, I wanted to share some little trinkets around my home and my life that you would otherwise not be privy to! So, in no particular order this week: Getting To Know Me!

First on my list is a new thing I discovered this week at the grocery store...BANANA SPLIT ICE CREAM!!! It has changed my life! Oh my! I am usually a Vanilla girl all the way. My husband makes fun of me...but I promise you...THIS ice cream is something to try! YUMMY!!

One of the Young Adults in my Sunday School class at church got me a gift card to Ulta for Christmas (we drew names and exchanged gifts at our Christmas party). So...I had a lot of fun shopping for myself. While there, I discovered this...Coconut Milk anti-breakage serum. First of all, it SMELLS DIVINE! Second, it is so silky and smooth and it has really helped my hair! I am a huge fan!

Coffee...need I say more? I LOVE coffee and enjoy nothing more than sitting down with a cup first thing in the morning. To me, it is much tastier when i can sit and drink it in one of my favorite mugs than to have to take it in a to-go cup (although there are some really cute to-go cups out there!)

Okay...before you laugh at this one...SMELL IT! Kevin gave me money to spend at Christmas and I wanted some new perfume. I saw this pretty bottle and I'll admit, the look of it got my attention. Before I knew what it was called (or who made it) I picked it up, sprayed it on, and was instantly HOOKED! It is Fantasy by Britney Spears. I LOVE it!!

And last, but oh-so-certainly not new pallete from Urban Decay!! This is another Ulta purchase with Christmas money from Kevin. I would have NEVER spent the money ($44) on this for myself, but as a gift, I found I could stomach it! (It came with eye lid primer potion and the double sided eye liner). It is a BEAUTIFUL pallete of neutral browns and a gorgeous grey and black, thus the name...Naked. I adore this pallette and can't say enough wonderful things about it. It is my first non-drugstore makeup purchase besides Mary Kay. I'm hooked and hope it lasts a loooong time!
So, now you know me a little better! :0)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Some Days...

I can hardly believe that the weather here has been so bad that they have canceled school
the last two days! That has only happened here a few times that I can remember. We've managed to have fun these past two days, but Kameron has had to do school...since we do it at HOME instead of at school ;0) Kevin has been home with us, though, and he got to do a lot of Kameron's school with him for me yesterday. This is a picture Kevin took of me in front of our house, after then snow/ice. One of my former students commented on it on Facebook and said I looked 20 something in it! I told him he is my new BFF! My cousin said I looked extremely happy, and I couldn't agree with her more! I feel so very blessed for the life I've been given.

Kameron is such a joy! On the way home from church Sunday, he found a pair of glasses in the car and put them on. He looked so cute, I just have to share!

Isn't he adorable? He is my heart and I am so thankful for both him and Kevin! Some days I just feel so lucky.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

CHEAP Silky Hair Treatment

Dry Hair? No problem!!

Okay, so I needed something non-stressful t
o think about in my life, so one of my natural fall-backs is hair and makeup. I love going onto YouTube and other sites to get helpful and interesting tips, tricks and ideas for makeup and hair. I stumbled upon one that I thought I'd try...and I'm here to share my results.

I've noticed lately my hair just isn't the same as it usually is and no matter which shampoo (from higher priced to drugstore fin
ds) I use makes no difference at all when it comes to conditioning. I have pretty thick hair and lately to save money I've been cutting it myself. Recently it was so thick, dry and unmanageable, so I decided when I was cutting it to use the thinning shears. After doing this and even applying leave-in conditioner, my hair was STILL pretty dry and unmanageable. That's when I stumbled upon a great winter trick for dry hair!

Your hair can either be dirty (a day or two since you've washed it) or clean. It doesn't matter. This usually works best at night unl
ess you have several (at least 6 I'd say) hours to devote to this process.
At night, before bedtime, get some Olive Oil...the kind you cook with - it doesn't have to be anything special at all or expensive! I used Berio Olive Oil I had in the kitchen.
Put a QUARTER SIZED amount in the palm of your hands and rub together. You don't need more than that because the goal is not to drench your hair, but to lightly yet thoroughly coat it.

Now, place the olive oil in your hair, starting halfway up going down to the ends. You don't want to put it in the top (root section) o
f your hair. Do this all around your hair, applying more olive oil in your hands if needed for thicker/longer hair. I had to use two quarter-sized amounts of oil for my hair.
Now, place a towel over your pillow and sleep peacefully! When you wake up, wash your hair and you will be amazed at the results from your CHEAP, silky oil treatment!

When I did this I got so many complements the next day from people saying how great and silky my hair looked. It was so soft and smooth and using the hot iron on it was just glided right through. Don't worry...the oil easily washes out with shampoo! No more dryness!! Good luck!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Loving Me Through Faults and Fumbles

“The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” I found this quote today by James W. Riley. It about sums up what I'm feeling right now. Have you heard the saying that for every one negative comment it takes seven positive comments to outdo the negative? (I may be a little wrong on the number may be one or two less...but you get the picture.) That's what today has felt like to me.
I am so thankful for people who are in my life that will be honest with me. There are only a few people I can count on to really tell me the truth. One such person was completely honest with me today, and I am so thankful for him. We are often oblivious at how others view us. Since we are not looking at ourselves from the outside, who we perceive ourselves to be and how others perceive us can be quite different. Sometimes learning how others perceive you hurts. Bad. Sometimes learning how others perceive you does you good. I don't know why I'm rambling on...I'm probably making no sense to anyone but myself...but today I'm using this blog as a sort of therapy for myself! One thing I do know is that I try my best to live my life for the Lord. I know I will let man down, because I am human. So I hope and pray no one expects me to be perfect! But I know I have a Lord who loves me with all my faults fumbles! I know I am where He wants me to be, and I know He holds me in the palm of His hand.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Love God More

Kameron...ringing in the New Year!

Have you thought about how you'd like to better your life for 2011? I was preparing a devotional for church and stumbled upon one that talked about a great resolution that I think I will adopt for this year. Love God More. That's sweet, simple, and to the point! Think how much our lives would change in every way if we did that one thing. We'd be better mothers and fathers, spouses and neighbors. We'd be as Christ and give willingly to others in need. We would gain spiritual depth and insight due to being in the Word. We would gain control of our weight and finances due to discipline instilled in us through a deep relationship with Him. It would affect each and every part of our lives. If you haven't made up your mind about a resolution...try Loving Him More!