Thankful Thursday

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing another Thankful Thursday with you. I can’t believe there’s only one more day left of this challenge! This has been such a fun experience!

I’m thankful I can download songs to my iTunes for this kid to listen to. He’s really been enjoying Pharrell Williams and Michael Jackson lately. I’m quite alright with this.

I’m grateful for morning cups of coffee and cup ring stains. And then cups of green tea afterwards.

I’m thankful for warm sweaters and rain in the forecast. I’m thankful that my orchid is still blooming. I’m grateful for delicious, really amazing whole kalamata olives. I’m thankful for afternoon naps and my Desire Map day planner. I’m thankful for evenings spent catching up on The Walking Dead. Ugh…that show. I love it.

And that, among many many MANY other things, is what I’m thankful for as of this very moment.

Question of the Day
Do you watch The Walking Dead? Love it or hate it? Why?

Not a day in the life, but a virtual shopping spree on Fanatics.com!

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


See the previous days here and here. I really don’t want to bore you with another day in the life thing, which is exactly like the second day in the life. Nothing has really changed, so I’m going to go off the grid and do something else. I know…I’m such a rebel. So, I have a treat for you today! Using a baseball hat from Fanatics as a starting point, I created a virtual outfit. I thought this project was really fun! Here’s what I created!

Image from here

I chose this hat because I liked the colors and style. I’m not much of a hat person because I have a difficult time finding hats that my head wears well. I can usually pull off military style caps though, so this one was perfect! And, that bird is cute. He looks kind of mischievous. I like him.

Next, I thought I’d pair the hat with a ladies’ top from Fanatics as well. Since the hat was mostly black, I wanted to brighten my outfit up a little by wearing some orange. I usually think of game day outfits as being more on the comfortable side, so I chose this orange top.

Image from here

To keep with the black and orange theme, I would pair the top with a pair of black jeans, which I already own.

Image from here

Now, for shoes. I would pair it with these booties, which I also already own. They’re so very comfortable, truly.

Image from here

Let’s see, now…jewelry! I’d wear a pair of silver dangly earrings, like those shone below {which I also already own}.

Image from here

I think that would complete my ensemble! To complete the look, I would wear my hair in a side braid and keep my makeup to a minimum {mascara and lip gloss would definitely suffice}. Consider me ready for game day!

After looking around at what Fanatics has to offer, I can tell they have something for everyone. Even babies! If you’re looking for something to wear on game day or a gift for your favorite sports fanatic, this is the place to shop!

My Favorite Beauty Products

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing my favorite beauty products with you. If I had to choose five beauty products, these are the ones I would choose.

Vintage Tradition Body Balm and Deodorant Balm – both of these products are stellar. The body balm keeps my face supple and well-hydrated. The deodorant balm is the BEST deodorant I’ve come across.

This Benefit mascara, which I’ve written about before. This stuff is the absolute BEST mascara ever. It lengthens and thickens without clumping and it stays put all day. I know it’s $23 a tube, but it’s the best.

bareMinerals mineral veil compact. I could use this in lieu of foundation and be just fine. It evens out my skin tone just a smidge and it has an SPF 15 in it. This and the mascara I mentioned above, and I’m all set. The fact that it comes in a sturdy, portable compact is wonderful. I have it in my purse at all times.

A matte dark brown eye shadow and a slanted brow brush. It doesn’t really matter, as long as the shadow isn’t sparkly. Here’s an example of a kit you can purchase. Having my brows filled in a little definitely helps balance out my face a little more.

Red lipstick, especially this one. I don’t always wear red lipstick, but when I do, I feel completely put together.

Question of the Day
What are your favorite makeup items? Share in the comments!

 

Top Tips for a Beginning Blogger

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing tips for new bloggers.

The only thing I can really say is this:

  1. Write what you know. Be honest.
  2. Proofread.
  3. Include pictures.
  4. Comment on other blogs.

Blogging has taken such a different leap. At first, it was an online journal, but now, it’s a job opportunity for some. More power to those who get paid to blog! It sounds so wonderful, but there have to be some cons that weigh against the pros.

Since those are really the only tips I have, I’ve compiled a list of posts from other amazing bloggers who know what they’re doing. Enjoy!

There are many, many, many more sites dedicated to blogging tips and how to start a blog. Just use your favorite search engine and start looking.

For me, I blog because it’s a creative outlet for me. I enjoy writing, though I don’t think I’m all that good at it. I do proofread and I do include pictures. I do comment on other blogs, but only if it’s poignant. I don’t want to blog for a living, or maybe I do. But right now, I’m happy with just blogging and enjoying the process.

One of my favorite beach photos.

Question of the Day
Do you have any blogging tips? Share in the comments!

 

My Weekend Highlights

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing my weekend highlights with you! Do enjoy!

I took very few pictures, but I spent time with friends, I got a manicure and pedicure, I got a Thai iced tea and a steam bun, and I tried some amazing moonshine that tasted like apple pie.

IMG_6047.JPG

IMG_6050.JPG

IMG_6048.JPG

IMG_6046.JPG

Fun Friday Five!

Oh, boy! I’m so excited for this week’s edition of Fun Friday Five! I really can’t wait to share these things with you! Enjoy!

1. Do not dumb down. I found this incredibly inspirational. Perhaps you will, too.

2. Rob Drabkin. I heard one of his songs on the radio earlier this week and I just had to share with you all! If you listen to any of them, listen to this one:

And this one:

Ok, I’ll stop now.

3. This photo of the rains down in Africa. Click the link and look at it bigger. Just do it.

Image from here

4. This recipe. Caprese is my middle name. This is going on my list of things to make next week!

5. This article from Real Clear Science.

Enjoy your weekend!

My Favorite Things About the Holidays

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m telling you what my favorite things about the holidays are. So, here we go!

Last year’s decorations….this year I have no idea what I’ll do since there is now a bookshelf covering up that blank space.

My most favorite thing about the holidays is seeing my family. Because they live so far away, any time I get the chance to see them is the best. My brother and his wife and daughters live in Hawaii and my parents live in Colorado, so we’re not exactly just across town. When we can’t get together, we make do with phone calls and Skype. But when we can, we have a grand old time playing with the kids and playing cards and going for walks and just having a blast. It doesn’t take much to entertain us and I am thankful for that.

Ice cream is very serious business in my family. My niece clearly understands this well. {But, that profile and those curls. Oh, my heart!}

But, when we can’t see my family, there are other things about the holidays that are nearly as wonderful. For starters, baking, especially gingersnaps because I only bake gingersnaps around Christmas.

Old family recipes are the BEST.

And I like taking drives down country roads. This is something I found to be enjoyable last Christmas Day. I found an old barn and some cows and horses and a winding road. The sun was shining and I was the only one out. It was perfect.

The boy’s 10th birthday cake. For his 11th birthday cake, I shall endeavor to make one that doesn’t have a crevasse in the middle. Note to self: don’t make such dense frosting.

I also get to take time off work and spend time with my loved ones who live locally. They’re the best, I tell you! Mainly, they’re awesome because they put up with me :-) We go on hikes and we have dinner parties and we laugh and we eat and we drink. It’s fun :-)

And those are my favorite things about the holidays. What are yours?

Favorite Workout Songs

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m sharing my favorite workout songs with you. I tend to listen to whatever music plays along with the exercise DVD I’m doing so I don’t listen to my own music. But, if I did, here’s what I’d listen to!

And then I’d start in with either one of these:

This is more than enough to get me through!

Question of the Day
What’s on your workout playlist. Please do share!

My Favorite Halloween Costumes

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


For today’s challenge, I’m showing you my favorite {past} Halloween costumes. Since I don’t have access to my childhood photos and I don’t really remember what I was because Halloween has never been a holiday I’ve really liked, I’m going to show you costumes that I like now…..

And, I’m drawing a blank.

Seriously.

About the only things I like about Halloween are the Reese’s pumpkins and cooler nights with crisper air and baking good things in my kitchen.

Image from here

Wordless Wednesday!

October 2014 Blogging Challenge

I’m participating in October’s Blogging Challenge from Girl Meets Life. Thanks to Meg over at A Dash of Meg for turning me on to this challenge. She did September’s challenge and I decided to give October a try. Check back here daily in October for a new post! If you’d like to join in, click here!


IMG_6011.JPG