Friday, May 29, 2015

This Place I Call Home!

Back with another awesome edition of The Style Me Bloggers Link Up.  

I must admit when I saw the writing prompt for this week I was a little nervous.  But as I started looking through pictures, I started to see that we really have done a lot here!

We have been here over one year now. (You can read all about our move, HERE)  It was tough at first but we are pretty much in our "norm" now.

So here is our life in this place we call home:


We went to our second pumpkin patch as a family this year.  The last time we went was about two months after Kailey was born.  It was a lot of fun.

Because we are super safe here on this base (although the worry never goes away) and pretty much everyone knows everyone, I allowed Kyle to go Trick or Treating with his friends without me.  I was clearly sad about it.  He's at the age where, on base, he is aloud to do that, so I let him.

We've experienced a LOT of snow.  Kids were out of school and mommy was out of work.  Made for some serious cabin fever!

The kids and I experienced our first Japanese steakhouse.  Kyle was amazed at the steak!
Otani Japanese Steak and Seafood House

We discovered Sweet Frog!  This could be a bad thing for me but the kids LOVE it!  Frozen yogurt is the way to go!

Chipotle!! OMG my friend Cory introduced me to it.  I'll never forget eating it for the first time.  Then I found out that my friend Arianna loved it and that was it.  Once I moved I realized they had one here.  Needless to say I got one of my friends hooked too!
Burrito Bowl anyone?!

IKEA!  I mean nothing more to say!  I am HOOKED!! Too bad my house is too small!  Gotta love having a fun time with your BESTIE!

A beautiful view!  The one thing we love about where we live, is the beautiful surrounding.  Our house is tiny but we have a nice little piece of property.  The kids have room to roam and play!

Work!! Don't be jealous this stuff will make you sick! ;) If you are ever in this part of Virginia, make sure you stop at my work, Mary's Cakery and Candy Kitchen.  An old time candy store with fun gifts and the most delicious chocolate around.  There are not many candy stores like this anymore.

A Golf cart community!  Say what?!  Yup Colonial Beach is where our good friends Jennie and Dan live. A lot of people own golf carts and go places all over the little town.  It's definitely a fun little place. We took a little trip to the local 7-eleven to get our Slurpee in a cup fill!  

Richmond is not too far from us.  I went with work to a Women's Show.  It was pretty fun.  I was in GREAT company!

Jessa Duggar was the "celebrity" guest. I didn't get to meet her but I kept going back every few half hours, lol, to see if I could go through the line.  I never got to go through the line but I did get to see her leave and guess what I saw, a baby bump!  I walked back to our booth and told the girls.  Turned out I was right, that following Monday they made the announcement! I was lucky enough to get this close but even more lucky that the book company allowed me to buy a book, give it to them and have her sign it.  

Here's her and Ben's autograph.  I know you're not supposed to have authors sign your name but this was for me!

And our hard work paid off!  We were one of 10 winning Exhibit Displays.  Kind of a great accomplishment!

On this base when we hear "colors" we stop and salute.  It's one of the neatest things to experience, even better when you know you have taught your kids right!

Alpaca Farm, eek that was interesting.  We went with our Girl Scout troop.  I learned that my little one CAN clean when she's asked!

We took a 2 hour trip to Luray Caverns.  It was definitely really cool.  The rocks are crazy that it almost doesn't even seem real. 

My little handsome and I!

Great Wolf Lodge.  A fun hotel with a HUGE water park inside.  This was a lot of fun!  Our AWESOME Girl Scouts Troop Leader had some awesome events this year and this was one that I couldn't pass up.  Neither one of us had been so we made sure to take advantage.  It was a blast!

After seeing all these pictures, I guess there is a lot that we have here at home.  We are about one hour away from Washington D.C.  We haven't made a trip there yet but Kailey and I will be visiting this July, on my BIRTHDAY, for the Taylor Swift concert.

We only have two years left here in Dahlgren.  I have high hopes to make it down to Florida and New York to visit my childhood Best Friend, a trip to Philadelphia to meet up with a dear friend ;), Georgia, South Carolina and Norfolk to visit a couple of my bestest friends.  Time goes by so fast that I can't even stand it but I hope we can do some of it.  Who knows where we'll end up next?!

Until Next Time
XOXO,

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 2015 Ipsy Review

EEEEK! Let's talk pretty pink bags!  I used to belong to Birchbox.  It was a fun little treat, getting a box in the mail every month but I felt like I was getting the same product over and over again.  

I recently decided to sign up with ipsy.  I had seen so many people with them and they were super excited and it looked like they got some decent size samples.  

I can't even tell you the excitement when I got my first bag.  I planned on sharing but LIFE got in the way and it just didn't happen.  Fast forward to May's bag!

First let me say that the packaging is something to get excited about.

If you shop online a lot, you get excited that you're getting a package anyway, but when it looks like this?! Forget it, I couldn't wait to tear in to the bag.

So this is the first thing that you see.  The bag and a little postcard with the "theme" of the bag.  This month it was Jetsetter.

I mean this bag!!! Soooo adorable.  I plan on putting my everyday cosmetics in this to be able to get to them easy.

...and finally, the goodies!


A full size makeup brush by Luxie.
I mean, you can't go wrong with a full size brush.  It's a nice brush and works good.


Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser. 
 It smells good ;)  I mean I can't really say much of anything else.  When I used it for the first time, the first thing I noticed was the smell.  I didn't really feel like my face had just been really cleaned.  It just smelled pretty.
 
CoTZ face sheer matte finish.  
I wasn't sure what to think about this.  It's about the size of my pointer finger, this picture may be slightly deceiving. It has directions on it and that's about it.  I don't know if I'm supposed to use it under make-up, or just as cover up.  It says to apply literally 15 minutes before sun exposure.


Chella eyebrow pencil.
I'll be honest, I don't know how to use an eyebrow pencil.  Ummm my eyebrows are kind of crazy.  The hair grows down and stays down.  I need to go in to one of those beauty stores like Sephora or Ulta to get some lessons on this kind of stuff.  When I tried it on, it did cover what I think it was supposed to.  The only problem is, I'm pretty sure that each eyebrow looked completely different.


Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
I was super excited to see the Urban Decay brand.  I have the Naked 2 pallet and LOVE it so I assumed the lipstick would be just as awesome! Not too sure about the color this model is sporting.


Here is what the inside of the sample was like.  I'm LOVING the color on the left.  The one on the right, not so much!


To apply the color I had to dip this pencil in the color I wanted.  It claimed to be vibrant color but it was not easy to use.  I'm not sure if it was set up like this for sample wise or what but it just ended up being a gloppy mess.  I either got too much on the pencil or not enough.  And then the pencil tip broke.  The color wasn't vibrant at all just a gloppy mess.

Have you used it?  Is this just the sample?


Overall I enjoyed this bag.  The one thing that Birchbox did that I liked better, is when you received your box, you got a post card with each item in the box, written on there. You got a description of what the item was and how to use it and the price of a full sized item.  

I'm loving the vibrant post card from ipsy but it just doesn't do anything for me.  I'll probably just end up throwing it away.

Here's a recap:
The bag - Thumbs UP
The brush - Thumbs UP
Cleanser - Thumbs DOWN
CoTZ face sunscreen/finish - Thumbs DOWN
Chella Eyebrow Pencil - Thumbs UP
Urban Decay Lipgloss - Thumbs DOWN

I guess really this bag was OK.  Nothing to be super excited about other than the excitement of getting the bag. 

 I did review everything on the ipsy site so I could get points.  After receiving your bag, you can review your items for points.  They also have items that you can buy for points.  
Another cool thing that they offer on ipsy, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, is products at great prices.  But don't wait because they do sell out.

If you're interested in getting an ipsy bag of your own go HERE. When you sign up using my code I will get points.  You can also refer friends and earn points as well.

I'm super excited to see what comes next.  I've also decided to skip the sneak preview that they offer before your bag ships.  I like surprises.

Do you prefer ipsy or Birchbox?

Until Next Time
XOXO,
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Friday, May 15, 2015

My Summer Travel Plans

Thank goodness for my Style Me Blogger Babes because it gets me on my little blog EVERY time!  I've neglected my little place but have a plan to make that not happen anymore.

This summer will be the first summer that I will be working since I've had my kiddos.  I'm really bummed about not being able to participate in the late nights, late mornings and not waking up to an alarm clock. The good thing is that I work in a chocolate shop.  In Virginia the heat is BRUTAL so that means chocolate doesn't do good in heat which means I'll have less hours in the summer, which means, more time with the kiddos.  I'll take that!

June will be fun!  My parents are flying out from California about one week after the kiddos get out of school.  Not sure what we are going to do but I DO know that we are going to enjoy their company!  We always look forward to visits with Nana and Papas.


In July, actually on my birthday this year, Kailey and I will be going to the Taylor Swift concert!!! EEEEEEEKKKKKKKKK!!!!! I can't even contain my excitement.  The number #13, Taylor Swift, my birthday, her concert.  I mean, does it get any better than that?!


August will be my hubby and I's 14th wedding anniversary.  I don't even know where the time went?!  We will probably lay low in August.  I'll do a lot of preparing for the craziness that will come in September when the kids are back in school and my work schedule starts going back to normal.  The kids will also start school last week of August.  I'll have a 5th grader and 3rd grader.  Oh my, maybe I am getting old!



September will be the official end of summer.  School will be in full affect and we'll have two birthdays in our house to celebrate.  Along with birthday celebrations, we will be driving to Minnesota for a mini road trip for my brother-in-laws wedding!  We are so excited to see family and to see the lovebirds tie the knot!



I'm sure things will come up that are unexpected but I'm hoping that with a work schedule that is not as hectic, I'll be able to handle those things.

What are your plans for the summer?





Until Next Time XOXO,
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