Monday, November 23, 2015

My Make-Up Must-Haves

I love experimenting with different make-up!  Ever since becoming a blogger, I've learned a lot about make-up and tried many new products.

I don't know why I've never done a post like this before.  I have some make-up must-haves and I'm serious, I use these pretty much every day.  Sometimes I venture out with the eyeshadow, but these are my staples!

Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream // If I have to leave the house in a hurry, using this BB cream is the ONE thing that I don't forget!  It's like a tinted moisturizer and primer combined in one bottle. It's easy to spread all over the face and it feels light and natural.  I love how it evens out the colors in my face.  As I get older, the coloring in my face has changed - I actually break out more than I did as a teenager and I have a bunch of freckles.  I use the 'fair to light' color and it has SPF 30 in it for protection from the sun.

Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer // This is a must-have for under my eyes!  They've gotten a little darker lately and this concealer lightens them right back up!  It feels light and doesn't look cakey - hallelujah!

Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliner pen in LEL Black // This is my FAVORITE find from my Ipsy subscription!  I actually got it in my very first bag in June 2014.  It goes on smoothly, doesn't run and is the perfect color.  It also creates a thin, definitive line - I'm not a thick eyeliner kind of gal.  I have tried the NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker (hated it), the Loreal Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner (eh) and a ton of pencils and this Jesse's Girl one is seriously the best.  I just stocked up on them so that I don't run out.

Pacifica Natural Beauty Eyeshadow in Ethereal // Another Ipsy find.  This eyeshadow is a really light, natural color which is perfect for me.  It's not for making a huge statement, just for the everyday natural look.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express Mascara in Blackest Black // I've used this one for years!  I've tried others to see if I like them better and I always go back to this one.  The price is good and it makes my eyelashes look full and long!

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée // I know I've talked about this one on the blog!  I first received the butter gloss in Apple Strudel in an Ipsy bag, but didn't love the color.  I bought Creme Brûlée after reading great reviews and guess what?  I LOVED it! 

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Gray Area // Is nail polish considered make-up?!  I don't think so, but regardless, this is my favorite go-to fall color.  I have it on my nails right now!

What are some of your make-up must-haves?  I'm always looking for new stuff to try!
Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Fri-YAY!

Happy FRI-YAY!!!!

Gosh, I'm glad that the weekend is here.  It's hard getting back into the groove at work after a relaxing vacation....I mean, it's been 2 weeks but STILL! :)

Life has been good lately.  We've been busy busy, but it's all good!  Today is my work "end of busy season" party and I'm really looking forward to it!  Here's a snapshot of the party last year...

This year should be fun!


This week, I ordered two things I've really been wanting - the Hue Ultrawide Waistband Leggings in Graphite Heather (25% off right now!) and a cute plaid infinity scarf!  These are perfect for the fall!


I made this Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe last weekend and it was a hit with the hubs and my friends that were visiting!  It's healthy and delicious.  Thank you Tiffany and Jennifer for helping me find this recipe through the Shine Blog Hop last week.


Over my vacation, I read my first Elin Hilderbrand book, The Matchmaker. (Ok, well I finish it in my backyard when we got back)  It was a cute, little beach read.  I wouldn't say that it blew me away, but I hear that her other books are better so I look forward to reading them.

If you've read any Elin Hilderbrand, which book is your favorite?


I made a quick stop by Target on Wednesday night and, of course, left super happy!  Seriously though, that place just makes me giddy!

cute binder for organization
3 different packages for notecards ($1 each!)
Cab/Shiraz Box Wine (you can make fun, but it's the best cheap wine out there)


Lately, I've changed my breakfast routine and I'm digging it.  It's simple and healthy!  I just throw the dry ingredients in a tupperware, milk in another one, fruit in another and take it to work when I'm in a hurry.  Then I mix the milk with the dry ingredients, microwave it, put the fruit on top and eat!

chia seeds
coconut palm sugar
almond milk

Have a great weekend, folks!

Linking up with KarliErikaAmanda and April!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Mexico vacation recap

Happy Monday friends!

About a week ago, Kevin and I got back from our 2nd anniversary trip to Mexico!  We went to Secrets Silversands, an all-inclusive resort just south of Cancun and we loved it.  The food was the best I've had at an all-inclusive resort.  The service was great, the shows were great, the pools were great.

Our only complaint would be the seaweed on the beach, but that's not the resort's fault.  We still enjoyed laying on the beach and reading for hours!

Every day except Monday involved swimming in the pool or laying by the beach so I didn't take great photos.  I'll share the ones I've got!

Monday, we went to Xplor, an "adult amusement park" that had ziplining, ATV's, cave swimming and cave rafting.  Thank you, Mia, for that suggestion!!

Starting my "beach read" in the airport - both of our flights were delayed

finally on our way to Mexico!

we finally got to the resort at 3am - we were so tired and so hungry so we ordered room service and had a beer

Pina Colada time!

They played American football on the side of a building on Sunday and Monday nights

Xplor!  So, we were wet the entire time so I couldn't carry around my phone/camera.  But we had a blast during the cave swimming, cave rafting, ziplining and ATV's. 

too many selfies

 this was the view from the top of another hotel in Cancun that we visited

 Hibachi night!

last drink!  my favorite - a Dirty Monkey

 Long story short, it took us 25 hours to get home when it should have taken 2.  There were delays, storms, planes running low on gas, diverted flight, overnight stay, electricity out, rental car and a speeding ticket.  This is how we felt...

But we made it home safely and overall, it was a great trip!  I wish we were still there!  I'm ready for my next vacation! 

Have a great week, friends!

Linking up with Kate

Friday, October 23, 2015

Random Friday Catch-up!

Happy Friday, friends!

I'm a SUPER excited about this Friday, because at the end of the day, I'm off for a whole week! Kevin and I will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary in Mexico!  I plan to lay on the beach or by the pool pretty much all week and read.

Since I haven't had a chance to blog much lately, I'll use this random post to catch you up a bit!


Lisa moved to San Antonio!!!  If you don't know Lisa at Lisa Loves John blog, head over there now. Her recipes and DIY projects are the bomb!  We're so excited to have her and her hubby here.  We met up for dinner last week and met for the first time!  Don't ya just love blogger friendships?!


A few weekends ago, we made a trip up to the Dallas area for Kevin's birthday.  We spent some awesome time with his adopted family - man, I wish I was Puerto Rican!  We also met up with some friends the first night (top left). We went to a Texas Rangers game (don't even talk about it - we're still grieving) and the Texas State Fair.  

Our goal at the state fair is to eat as many random fried foods as we can.

This year we tried the featured ones - Pretzel Crusted Pollo Queso Balls, Cowboy Corn Crunch (corn, bacon, jalapeno cream cheese), Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly (pictured below), fried Spaghetti and Meatballs and the trusty Fletcher's corn dog.


Last Saturday, I helped host a baby shower for a friend who wanted a Maine-themed shower.  We weren't sure how to do it at first, but ended up coming up with some great ideas!  She loved it!

On the menu: Lobster rolls, Blueberry Cream Mini Tarts, Whoopie Pies, Cheese/Crackers, Veggies/Dip, Pretzels, Jelly Beans.

I was nervous about the lobster rolls, but they turned out to be excellent!


Last Friday was Kevin's work gala.  They raise 75% of their annual funds at this event.  It takes place at the St. Anthony Hotel in downtown San Antonio.  It was gorgeous!  My parents were able to come so I enjoyed spending time with them.  We had a blast!

Theme had to do with wearing something from a previous era - I didn't do it, but my parents did


Monday was our two-year anniversary!  I can't believe that it's been two years - time has flown!  But we've also been through a lot and God has really deepened our relationship in those two years.  I am so grateful for the man that God sent me to do life with.

We celebrated on Sunday, since we had Bible study on Monday, with seeing the movie, War Room, in the theater (so good!) and dinner at J. Prime Steakhouse.  AMAZING!  I got the dry aged fillet and it was possibly the best steak I've ever had.  They also gave us complimentary bananas foster for our anniversary!

sorry the photo is dark

Have a great weekend and week, friends!  I hope to stay away from social media and just unplug for the next week so peace out!


Linking up with Karli, Erika, Amanda and April!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Costumes of the Past

I'm not typically a "dress-up-for-Halloween" type of gal, but there are some random years that I've come up with some fun costumes.  I never go for the norm, the sexy or the expected.

In light of Halloween coming up in a couple weeks, I thought I'd share my previous costumes with you.  This year, we will have just gotten back from Mexico so I will probably be in bed early due to exhaustion!  No costumes this year!

I'm the cheerleader with a mullet on the left (1989ish?)

Barney Rubble (2000)

some kind of weird colorful reindeer (2001 - freshman year of college)

Marge Simpson (2004 - senior year of college)

Cloudy with a Chance of Showers (I walked around with a watergun and shot people with water) 2006
Yes, this might look like a scene from a horror film - creepy clown in the background

2008 was fun!  My roommate and I had a Halloween party at our condo.  I was the 27 Dresses girl and my pup was my bride.  Every hour, I went upstairs and changed into a different bridesmaid dress from all my friends' weddings.... 

 Cowgirl (2010)

Smarty Pants (2010 at a different party)

tomato juice and my little skunk :)  get it? (2011)

Carroll's bridesmaid (that's the dress that I wore in my friend on the left's wedding 7 years before - I was swinging a last minute costume) (2014)

What have been some of your favorite costumes from your previous Halloweens?  I'm curious to know you're most creative one!

Linking up with Andrea