Friday, January 31, 2014

This Moment

A Friday Ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple , special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If your inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ' moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Who I am....Who are you

Me, age 2, and my mom

I thought I would take today to take a moment and reintroduce myself.
I am a mother of two and a wife of six years. I have been with my husband for twelve years and though I may have not liked him every day of those twelve years he is my best friend.

Our Wedding Day

I was born and raised in Victoria, BC and I continue to live there now. I love this town and find it hard to find other places that rival its beauty.
A year after I was married I welcomed my first daughter, Isabelle and two years later I had my second daughter, Roslyn.

We are now a family of four with no plans of adding more, busy adding on to our home and trying to survive the insane world of raising a family.

I have been super blessed to be surrounded with amazing people in my life and try to remind myself of that whenever life tries to get me down.
The older I have gotten the more important I have realized family is and having a secure sense of yourself. While trying to build this family I have forgotten bits of myself and I am really trying to discover myself and what makes me happy. They say you have to make yourself happy first to make others happy and I am really trying to live that. It is a bit of a balancing act for me because the concerns of others have always been at the top of my list.
I am trying to use this blog to explore what makes me happy, from family adventures to beauty to cooking. It might seem all over the place but I am hoping to find some stillness in the spinning.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Fav Product: Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner

Do you wear make up?
Do you wear eye make up?

Six months ago I would say I didn't wear a lot not only due to time restraints but because I wasn't a master of its application. I have worn make up since I was a teenager, but no one really taught me how to wear it and luckily due to good skin I really never had to wear it.
Recently though I have been playing a lot more with my make up because I have been so unhappy with other parts of my life and it allowed me to utilize a different creative outlet and it helped me feel special when the rest of me wasn't feeling that special. 
This brings me to the reason of my post, in all my playing I have begun to explore different products, how they work and how to use them. I am hoping to share some of these products with you as it can be lots of fun and I am really enjoying the exploration of all these products.

It is a liquid liner that, to be honest, I was quite scared of to begin with. I had little to no experience with eye liner and liquid eye liner was like brain surgery to me. I do not have a steady hand and the first few times I applied it I laughed at wasn't too pretty.
I didn't give up and watched many YouTube tutorials like Pixiwoo's or Make up By Tiffany D. They helped so much and with a little bit of practice I fell in love. Like deep in love, like drive by their house, obsessive love.
I never wore anything on my eye's, now I don't leave the house without my Stila liner on.

My open eye with slight flick
My Eye closed with eyeliner

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lube it up

Do you have a secret product you use but maybe you don't admit to it? A drugstore buy that isn't expensive but you always have in your bathroom?
When I was a teenager a friend of mine introduced me to the wonders of Vaseline. She was told it was basically the same as some of the high priced beauty creams sold in department stores and we started to use it as a nightly moisturiser.

It really is a wondrous product. 
I have really sensitive skin and when I have super chapped lips there is nothing else I can use. When my kids have chapped skin Vaseline is the only product I can use on their skin and because of this it really is my miracle product. Its totally basic and can be found anywhere but I love it and feel a bit naked if I don't have some with me. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

- 1 for me

What do you do when your dealt with disappointment? 
I usually dwell and emotionally eat, but because of my wisdom tooth being removed I haven't wanted to eat so I'm dwelling.
I am currently in the process of trying to find new employment, trying to find some work that brings new invigoration to my life. Unfortunately every job I have applied for I have been rejected for. Today is no different. A job I thought I might have an upper hand on passed me by. Granted it was probably the nicest rejection letter I got, it is still rejection. Is there only so much rejection you can take? Is there a limit? I feel like there isn't.

I must also add that I gave tried to knit a hat for my daughter today with five failed attempts! Might be all the pain meds but it's not adding to my mood?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Newest Love

I found as I entered motherhood I really lost a lot of who I was. I was already confused and trying to figure myself out when my first bundle of joy was dropped in my arms. By the time number two came I had begun to settle into what motherhood brought.

Now that my youngest is three years old, I am finding a bit more time for myself and the ability to settle into my likes and dislikes. What makes me happy all on my own.

I have always had a bit of an obsession with products. When I was younger I was lost in all the different products out there and I kind of felt alone in my love, guilty almost. Now that I have been introduced to YouTube I understand that there are many others like me out there and some have built a career out of it.
As I develop my blog and my voice I am hoping to feature my loves and joys, basically whatever makes me happy and helps me to survive this crazy world of marriage and motherhood.

My biggest love right now are make up brushes.I am not sure how I was or why I was applying make-up without them. Its like a whole new game now and I fell like I can`t live without them. My hands down favourite brushes are the Real Techniques brushes by Sam and Nic Chapman. I discovered them through there You Tube channel Pixiwoo. I am truely obsessed and their brushes changed my life. That might sound a  bit dramatic but it changed how I apply my make up and how I feel about how I look.

This is my brush collection so far. My newest love is the buffing brush, it just buffs the product into my face giving me a flawless complexion. If you haven't tried using a make up brush I would highly suggest finding some of the Real Techniques brushes and start playing. I would be surprised if you were not singing their praises after.

Do you have a love a product? What is your favourite?

In bed

Day two of healing here and I am still in bed. Everything from my neck down is fine but my mouth hurts and my head is a little foggy from all the drugs. I had kind of hoped that by this afternoon I would be up and around doing some items on our my to do list. Like making more of these amazing buns.

I really want this year to be the year of my health. I have said this for the last couple of years without any true long standing results. I am a bit frustrated about being in bed and not working out but its doctors orders not to be physical while my tooth gums heal. I really don't want to lose what motivation I had.

Source: Pinterst

I hope tomorrow I am in less pain and I can get out side for a bit. Two days of bed rest is more then enough for me. It is giving me time to catch up on other things but it also gives me time to dwell on the negative. Any hints or thoughts on staying motivated or positive while bed ridden?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Day at the Dentist

Hello everyone!
Today has been a very strange day for me.I had a wisdom tooth taken out today by my dentist.

Tooth with my wisdom

It started with a sedative that I had to take a little
bit extra of to get the job done. I also had the most painful mouth freezing ever that brought me to tears and not just one little tear, like a full breakdown cry because of the pain. After that I basically don't remember anything until coming too 7 hours later at my house with my mom cleaning my windows.
Bits and pieces come back to me but nothing of great substance.

Me, no make-up, post tooth pulliing
I am starving because I haven't eaten and I am afraid to eat anything I really want because I want to just leave my mouth alone. I guess this is a poor me post.
Anyone have any helpful hints? What can I do to past the time while my tooth heals?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

In an effort to get out there a bit more and maybe get my blog seen and to put some pressure on my blogging I have joined Bloglovin. So many of the blogs I follow use it and I am totally into checking it out and seeing what it can do for me

New Year, New Commitment

Hello all!
Its time to try to start this all over again, back where I started.
The kids are a bit older, life has started to find a rhythm and its time for me to find my creative outlet again.
I have been watching a lot of vlogs on youtube and reading others blogs and I think its time to see if this is my missing link for creative release.

Maybe they won't be the most intersting blogs in the world but maybe I can get out what I need to express myself.
It seems to be a common link amongst vloggers that once they started blogging and vlogging it just seemed right, I feel that to but life gets in the way.
So here is to 2014 and to more blogging!