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24 June 2011

Ciao! Adios! Aloha! Au Revoir!

Dear Friends,

I hate goodbyes. I really do. But, the time has come for me to stop blogging so I can focus on my family. I’m signing off of Sherbet Blossom.

I started my first personal blog when I was pregnant with my daughter, 7 years ago. It was an odd place whose posts have long since been deleted. Sherbet Blossom began a couple years later and I’ve been infatuated ever since. I love blogging, the people I’ve met and the opportunities I’ve been given. I’m amazed that thousands of you subscribe to read about my simple life. I’ve been touched by your caring friendships, thoughtful notes, and uplifting comments. I’m going to miss you.

There are so many wonderful things about blogging, but I’m leaving because of the negatives. I don’t want to offend anyone when I explain my reasonings. This was a very personal decision, and while I know it is right for me that doesn’t necessarily mean it is right for all.

I am continually in awe of what this blog has become; I never thought anyone but my mom and sister would read! The success and opportunities I have been given are because of YOU. I have met some forever friends through this blog. I will miss you dearly, and wish you every success and happiness.

With love,
Hannah

My greatest concern over the end of this blog was that I would lose contact with you. Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Need to contact me? Send me an email.

04 June 2011

Our Ginnie J Photography Session.

Let me preface the marathon of pictures by saying that I'm extremely camera shy. We rarely take family photos because I prefer to be hiding behind the lens. Ginnie, my long-time blogging friend and new go-to family photographer, made me feel completely at ease. In fact, I didn't know she was shooting most of these pictures. You can see that we do a lot of laughing in my family. I am so glad she captured that.

Ginnie is a genius behing the lens. I adore her style. I love that we have a group of posed and unposed shots to print. She captured each of our personalities so perfectly. Ginnie makes the kiddos feel at ease. They were completely charmed by her sweet an calm nature. And somehow, she took pictures of me that I actually like. That is a first! My ever-photogenic husband looks as handsome as ever and the kiddos are darling. I can't wait to hang these images on the wall.

Ginnie is our new go-to girl. Already planning on scheduling her for next year. If you are in Utah, you must check her out. You will not be disappointed.

A HUGE thanks goes out to Ginnie! You are the best. (P.S. Ginnie has a hilarious blog. It rocks.)

Without further ado: the picture marathon. I just couldn't pick a favorite.












03 June 2011

Sherbet Blossom Earrings: A Review and Giveaway.

Molly, of Molly the Pirate's Bit O' Shine, found my blog several months ago and was amused by my blog's name. "Sherbet Blossom" is also the name of one of her beautiful, handcrafted earrings. What a coincidence! She thought it would be fun to give one Sherbet Blossom reader a pair of these gorgeous Sherbet Blossom Earrings. I loved the idea!

Sweet Molly sent me a pair of my very own. They are beautiful and I've worn them several times since receiving them. They are simple and quaint. A perfect pair. And best of all? They don't irritate my sensitive ears. They are light weight, too. That's always a plus.


To enter to win these gorgeous earrings, comment below and tell me about your favorite accessory.
Entries close at 11:59 on Monday, June 6th.

For extra entries: (A new comment for each entry must be left for these extras to count.)
• Tweet, Facebook or Blog about and link back to this giveaway.

• Follow or Subscribe to Molly's blog.

The winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced on June 7th. Good luck!


P.S. Thank you so much for all the companies who have generously donated prizes to my giveaways over the years. And, thanks to all of you for your support by entering. It was such a fun run, but I will no longer be hosting giveaways or reviews.

02 June 2011

Giveaway: Connie B Photography.

I was thrilled when my friend Connie contacted me about doing a giveaway on my blog for her fabulous new photography shop, Connie B Photography. Connie is an artist with the camera and her prints and second to none! I adore the colors and the ethereal, vintage feel of her images. I'd love to have a whole slew of them hanging in my home!

Connie would like to give one lucky reader an 8x10 or 8x8 of your choice. Anything in her shop! Woot!


To enter, comment below and tell me what your favorite flower is. Entries close at 11:59 on Sunday, June 5th.

For extra entries: (A new comment for each entry must be left for these extras to count.)
• Tweet, Facebook or Blog about and link back to this giveaway.
• Follow Connie B Photography on Facebook.
• Follow or Subscribe to Connie's blog.

The winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced on June 6th. Good luck!  


CONGRATS to Charlotte!

31 May 2011

Journal Reviews.

I'm a huge journal writer. I believe in documenting life, no matter how simple that life is. Our lives may not be important to many, but they are extremely important to some. I hope that my children and grandchildren will be able to know me through my writing.

I was emailed on the same day by two wonderful journal companies to review their products and was thrilled to do so. They are completely different, but equally charming. I hope you all take a moment to check out their darling shops.

ANGELICQUIRK
Evelin is a small, independent handmade crafter. She owns a darling etsy shop full of paper crafting galore. Her journals are darling and very well-made. I love the vintage style. Her covers are sturdy and paper is thick, high quality. I use very inky pens and there is no bleeding. I love the line-less paper. It gives me the freedom to write as I will. The price is amazing for a kettle-stitched book, too! I love that they lay completely flat as I write. As soon as mine is filled out, I will be back to buy another.


GADANKE
Katie's shop, Gadanke, offers journals with an eclectic flair. Envelopes, library cards, tags, quotes and scrapbook paper will delight you as you flip through it's pages. Her journals offer prompts for writing that are so fun! The paper and covers are made out of light-weight paper, offering easy portability. This would be a book I'd throw in my bag to jot down thoughts while on the road. A fun journal for anyone looking for one out-of-the-norm!

Katie is generously offering all of you a 10% off code for the next 5 days: SHERBERT10

26 May 2011

Camping with Kids.

Because I am so very girly, a lot of people are surprised when I tell them that I love camping. I do! I love everything about it! The smells. The sounds. Sleeping in sleeping bags. The stars. The campfire food. I'm a big fan. I grew up camping and really want to continue the tradition with my own family.

This was the first year that we've tried. Our trip to Southern Utah was such fun...except for the whole camping in a tent part. We went into it knowing our kids wouldn't sleep a lot, and we were okay with that. But, we didn't expect the baby to be up ALL NIGHT LONG. And he was. Luckily, I am married to the sweetest man on earth. He took Baby D into the car around 11:00pm and drove him to sleep all night. Poor boys! (The older kids and I slept like babies after they left. I felt a tad guilty about it once I heard about Jason's horrible night with the babe.)

We did some things right, and we did some things wrong. I hope some of these tips help you:

• Have a backyard campout before you go. We wish we would have done a trial run! We would have reserved a hotel room instead!

• If you are camping with really little kids, I highly recommend camping somewhere with running water and indoor pluming. We were so grateful we did. Sleeping outside is "roughing it" enough for munchkins. (Especially if one of them is sporting diapers.)

• Make sure you pick a location with kid-friendly activities and hikes. Arches & Goblin Valley were perfect for my 1-6 year olds.

• Buy a cheap flashlight for each child. Not only are they fun, but having a light at hand helps with nighttime scares.

• Make a checklist before you head out! You don't want to forget anything...especially the sunscreen and bugspray.

• Bring plenty of treats. I don't know why, but my kids ate about 3x's the amount of food that they do at home. I brought homemade granola bars, trail mix, Craisins, fruit leather, string cheese, Goldfish crackers, cold cereal, carrot & celery sticks and fruit.

• Pack warm jammies for your little ones. I am always shocked at how cold it gets at night...even after a super hot day in the sun.

• For your first trip, don't go too far from home. We were so exhausted that we went home a day early. We were so grateful that we were only 3 hours away from our cozy beds at home.

• We didn't buy special kid-sized bags for our kids. Having a sleeping bag that is too huge can keep you from staying warm at night, so we folded their sleeping bags in half. This gave them extra padding to sleep on and kept them nice and warm.

• Let your kiddos help! Our kids helped with putting up the tent, building the fire, and cooking the meals. They loved every minute!

• Make rubbings. We collected lots of interesting leaves and plants from around the campground and, using a crayon, made rubbings. Very fun!

• Don't unpack the car. We left everything but the sleeping gear in the car. It became our changing station, food center and home base. It helped things stay nice and organized.

• Let them get dirty! By the time we got home, every inch of our kids' bodies were covered in dirt. I didn't let it get to me, and they loved having total freedom to be kids.

Hope you all have fun on your camping adventures this year. We plan on trying again...in a year.

23 May 2011

Weekend Rendezvous Wrapup.

Since I was young, Southern Utah has been my favorite cold-weather escape. (My parents, cousins & grandparents had condos in Saint George and we frequented all the surrounding areas.) Am still trying to convince my husband that these vast deserts are appealing in the heat. For now, I can only talk him into spring and fall road trips.

Moab is a hop, skip and a jump away from my home, so we took advantage of a rare uneventful weekend to make some family memories. And, oh boy. Did we ever! The tent-sleeping with a baby will be an adventure we will not soon forget. More on that later.
We were all infatuated with this gorgeous scenery. Moab is usually anything but green, but we were pleasantly surprised with the flora last weekend. Utah has been bombarded with rainstorms and they really greened up the scenery. I loved the contrast in colors with the red rocks and blue, blue sky. My kids loved the lizards around every corner and crows on barren trees. My stomach churned with every beautiful, steep cliff at Dead Horse Point.

We felt like we were all alone in the park. Except for the tour bus full of photographers, of course. I always feel silly pulling out my camera in front of a bunch of professionals, so as soon as they piled out of their bus, my photo-snapping stopped for a while. (I think I heard my husband sigh with relief when he saw me pack my trusty Canon away. He's all about exploring without stopping for pictures.)
Best baby purchase we've ever made? (Besides our Phil and Ted's stroller, of course.) Our Kelty baby backpack! It's lasted us three children and has been on more hikes than I can count. Super comfortable. The kiddos love sleeping in it. Doubles as a great sitting-by-the-campfire high chair.

Adored the blooming cacti. I wish I could go back to see the blooms open.
Arches National Park was a dream. Perfect, kid-friendly hikes. Sand-play galore. Jason and I were a bit sleepy from the previous night's comedy-of-sleeping-errors, but the kids were champs.
 The favorite hike in Arches? Landscape Arch. It was great for our little-legged sidekicks.
On the way home, we make a quick stop into Goblin Valley. If you haven't been there, you must! It was the favorite stop of the whole trip. Like a giant jungle gym. The kids climbed and climed. Played in the sand. Explored every crevice. Protested when we told them it was time to leave. We are planning another trip there soon.

All in all, the trip was wonderful. Getting away from work & school for a weekend is always refreshing. I love camping and being in the out-of-doors. Disconnected from technology and completely connected to family. Bonding and talking. Giggling and hiking. Family rendezvous are my favorite.

:: Coming up this week: Tips on Camping with Kids! (A request from a design client.) I'll do my best. Ours was not-so-successful, so hopefully you all can learn a thing or two from our mistakes.

20 May 2011

Blog Hopping :: Quick & Easy Family Recipes.

 Today is a very exciting day! My good friend Miranda and I have been brainstorming this blog series for a couple of months and are thrilled that the debut is finally here! It is a once-a-month series called "Blog Hopping" that will have a different theme each time. (Please see the bottom of the post for details on how you can participate. We need you!)

Today, our theme is "Quick & Easy Family Recipes." This is my go-to dinner when I have no time. There is nothing to it, but no one would ever know! It is a crowd pleaser that everyone will be thrilled to eat. And it only takes about 15 minutes of work time! (If that...)
BBQ PORK & COLESLAW SANDWICHES
2.5 lbs Boneless Pork Loin Roast
1 bottle BBQ Sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray Honey BBQ Sauce)
Coleslaw Mix
Coleslaw Dressing
Hamburger Buns

• Place the pork into a slow cooker with 1 cup of water. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or until is falls apart with a fork.
• Take pork out of slow cooker and shred it with a fork, trimming any extra fat.
• Put pork back into slow-cooker and add BBQ sauce. (The amount is really a matter of taste. We like ours extra goopy, so I add the entire bottle.) Let it warm up on low for another 30 minutes.
• In another bowl, toss together coleslaw mix and dressing. (Again, to desired goopiness.) Place 1/2 cup pork in bun and top with about 1/2 cup of coleslaw.
• Serve & Enjoy!

Makes about 8 sandwiches.


Please take a moment to check out these Hoppers and their wonderfully easy dinner/recipe ideas:
Miranda
Cathy
Dianna
Jaime & Emily
Jessica
Jessie
Lindsey
Thanks for participating, ladies!

Here's how "Blog Hopping" works:
• Each blogger participating will post on their own blog about a pre-chosen theme. (Blog Hopping is all about discovering new blogs!)
• Posts will go up on the 20th of each month
• At the end of the post, the bloggers participating will be linked so you all can "hop" around and check out the other ideas/recipes.
• And most exciting: YOU are invited to participate. Please contact me or Miranda if you are interested.

18 May 2011

Trials.

 Picture from our getaway last weekend. More on that soon! // Quote from this talk.

It's been on my mind for weeks. Every article I read and talk I hear seem to take my thoughts in a new direction; giving me new insights. I've prayed about and pondered the subject until I started to feel more at peace with my conclusions.

Two weeks ago, we turned on the tv to see Mitch Albom (the author of Tuesdays with Morrie) give the commencement address at the University of Utah. (Which, by the way, was wonderfully inspiring!) At the conclusion of the address, the administrators did as they always do, and awarded the graduates their degrees. As I watched the masters and doctorate students walk across the stage to accept their diplomas, I burst into tears.

I'm not sure that I've ever fully disclosed our education situation before. Jason and I met during my first year of college. We were so young. We had so many dreams that we were certain would come true. I graduated with my bachelor's degree after only 3 short years of college. I flew through my major by taking 20+ credits a semester. I imagined that we would be done with school and settling in a home of our own in no time.

But, that didn't happen. Jason's education has been a challenge. He is a wonderful student. An "A" student, to be exact. I'm so proud of him. But, we've been through a series of unfortunate events. Schools losing applications, majors proving to be unfruitful, Heavenly Father telling us we chose the wrong path. We've had door close after door close. It's been almost 10 years of changing plans. And my husband is still trudging on. (More than trudging. Soaring. He is amazing.) He's working on his third degree and will be starting his forth soon. It's been a long, hard road. The end seems so far away. And I'm tired.

I'm not writing this to complain. We've been blessed in so many other ways. I just wanted to point out that we all have trials. No one can compare their loss to another's. Because of our different personalities, the difficulty of a trials depends on the person. I believe that God will stretch us all to our limits. To humble us. To help us grow. For some, it will be fertility, for others, death. Others will deal with financial problems, misunderstandings with relatives, caring for a sick loved one, a mental illness or divorce. But for all, our individual trials will cause heartbreak. We cannot compare, nor can we judge. We never know what another person is dealing with.

I believe that our true character is shown as we handle these trials. If we choose to be offended, and by how quickly we are to forgive and forget. But especially by what we do and to Whom we turn to in our hour of need.

I know that God cares that my heart is broken with every shut door. I know He is mindful of our struggles. I also know that he is directing my little family's path. He is helping me develop virtues that I wouldn't have otherwise. Patience. Humility. Compassion. I know that God loves me and you.


// I love this talk. I've listened and read it multiple times over the past couple weeks. Highly recommended.

17 May 2011

My Makeup Bag / Hannah.

Inside my makeup bag! I couldn't bare to miss out on the fun. Although I own my fair share of makeup and beauty products, I generally keep things simple and stick to the same routine. I believe in enhancing your natural beauty by using products that aren't overbearing. On the average, non-date-night day, I like makeup to look effortless and that takes less than 5 minutes to apply.

Origins VitaZing: I wear this moisturizer instead of foundation. It comes out of the tube white, but somehow evens out your skin tone. An amazing, miracle product.
MAC Select Moisturecover: I don't need a lot of concealage, but I like to wear this light, pink-toned concealer to cover the blue-tones under my eyes. (With MAC, use NW shades to cover blue areas like under eye circles. Use NC shades to cover red areas, like blemishes and redness around the nose.)
NARS Laguna Bronzer: The perfect bronzer for my skin tone! It is a little pricey, but I've had this for over a year and have hardly made a dent in it.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara: Best Mascara I've EVER used. I love finding it on sale! (I bought this for only $6.50 at Ulta by combining a sale with a coupon.) It is like false lashes in a tube.
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil: For an everyday eye, I use this black liner on my top lashes only. Smooth and creamy!
MAC Paintpot in Painterly: Love this to even out the skintone of my eyes. It is a wonderful base for shadows.
MAC Eye Shadow Quad: This is the cheaper way to go if you want to own a few mac shadows! Make your own quad! My quad has: Shroom (my favorite highlight), Soft Brown (a great all-over lid color, crease color or transition color), Twinks (fabulous crease color or eyeliner), and Woodwinked (my obvious favorite. This beautiful copper-brown looks great all on its own or is great paired with these other colors.)
 
Benefit Benetint: Probably my favorite makeup product. EVER. This has a dual purpose. I use it to tint my cheeks, but I also use it to pink-up my lips. It looks completely natural. Gives a rosey glow to your cheeks and makes for perfect puckers that stay a natural pink for HOURS.
Pangea Organics Lip Balm: The Benetint is a tad drying on the lips, but I don't mind. I'm addicted to lip balm, and this can be placed on top of the Benetint lipstain without fading the pretty pink. This lip balm is the most moisturizing I've ever used


Thanks for reading this fun, mini-series. (And thanks to all the lovely, guest posters who participated!) I'd love to know what YOUR favorite, everyday makeup products are! Please let us know in the comments below.

16 May 2011

My Makeup Bag / Allison.

Inside the makeup bag of the stunning Allison of Makeup By Alli. When it comes to makeup, Allison is the expert. She is a wealth of knowledge, and offers fabulous tutorials and tips that are second to none. Not only is Allison beautiful on the outside, she is also genuine and sweet. Allison kindly let us take a peak into her everyday beauty regime .

Face:
Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Foundation in shades 30 and 40 - I love mixing these two shades together to get my perfect match.  It leaves my complexion looking flawless and keeps my T-Zone from getting too shiny throughout the day.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 - A yellow-toned concealer that completely camouflages blemishes, redness and discolorations
Laura Gellar Baked Body Frosting in Tahitian Glow - This product is an allover face and body glow.  It compliments a natural or sunless tan and adds a believable, dewy highlight to your skin. Lightly dust a sheer veil of translucent setting powder, like the Makeup Forever HD Powder, wherever you've applied the Baked Body Frosting. This will give your bronzed glow extra staying power!
Makeup Forever HD PowderI use this product on a large fluffy brush to set my liquid foundation.  This is a really great option because it never looks dry or cakey.
NARS The Multiple in Copacabana - This is my new favorite cream highlighter because it gives you that healthy, fresh-faced effect when applied to the face. I love to apply it to my temples, tops of my cheekbones, cupid's bow, bridge of my nose, and that tiny spot on your nose where your glasses would rest. Highlighting these points on your face will give your complexion natural-looking luminosity.
Bobby Brown Pot Rouge in Cabo Coral - This is my go-to summer cheek color!  Everything about this product is perfect; the color, the consistency, and the fact that it can be used on your lips too. I love multi-tasking products because they take the guess work out of coordinating makeup shades!

Eyes:
MAC Quad with 4 refillable shadow pans: Ricepaper, Woodwinked, Espresso and Carbon.  I find myself coming up with so many different eye looks using just these 4 eyeshadows. I use Carbon (matte black) to set my liquid, cream or gel eyeliners almost every day.
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (tube): This eyeshadow base is also tinted so you can see how much you're applying and brighten the eye area at the same time.
Maybelline One By One Volume Express Mascara: This is a drugstore gem that makes my lashes look super long and voluminous!
Covergirl Liquiline Blast: An eyeliner pencil that really comes in handy! Not only is it incredibly pigmented, it transfers easily and comes with a smudge tip on the other end that actually works!
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha - This is a great essential to have in your makeup kit.  It's the perfect neutral, warm brown color.  I use this under powder eyeshadows to make them last all day.

Lips:
Covergirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Sandstone - Perfect summer lip color!  These lip balms are nicely pigmented, smell like mango, and are perfect for my beach bag because they contain SPF 15!

15 May 2011

My Makeup Bag / Vanessa.

Inside the makeup bag of the ultra-stylish Vanessa of LadyDay. Vanessa is a rockstar blogger who posts a beautiful inspiration board for us all to see. She is the epitome of great taste, and her blog has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Vanessa kindly let us take a peak into her beauty regime today.

I wanted to thank you for having me on your panel and I'm intrigued to see what others have come to rely on! I am somewhat of a product loyalist and while I love a good bargain I have found that when I invest in quality basics I hardly second-guess my morning routine, and that is worth every penny.

So here's the essentials of my make-up bag...

1. Bobbi Brown bronzing powder in Deep (I use it year-round)
2. Bobbi Brown blush in Apricot
3. Mac eyeshadow in Motif
4. Bobbi Brown pot rouge for lips and cheeks in Chocolate Cherry & Calypso Coral
5. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Warm Natural
6. Laura Mercier secret concealer #4
7. Laura Mercier caviar eyeliner in Bleu Marine (stays on till you wash it off)
8. Bobbi Brown eye liner brush
9. Laura Mercier eye brow pencil in Soft Brunette
10. Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush & Foundation Brush (not pictured) (I've had them for years and they're as soft as the day purchased)
11. Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal mascara
12. Sister Creations Power Repair Face Mist with Vitamin C
13. Aquaphor healing ointment

And there you have it, my arsenal of "pretty". These are my go-to's when my day is filled with errand running and play-dates at the park. I'm not big into eyeshadow but if I ever got a hands-on lesson from Bobbi Brown herself then count me in. I started using her line in high school when I came across one of her books at Barnes. All of the women looked so natural, enhanced rather than made-up and truth be told, the guys and gals at the Mac counter scared me silly. Sister Creations is a local natural beauty brand that I've come to love. I spray a few pumps of their facial mist afterward to give that dewy look and a tube of Aquaphor is always within reach, it's great for lips and hands and I even dab it around my eyes at night.

14 May 2011

My Makeup Bag / Tiffani.

Inside the makeup bag of the darling and witty Tiffani of The Days of My Life. Tiffani is another stunning woman who does it all. She is the mother of four darling children, maker of delicious looking food and creative blogger. When you read her blog, she makes you feel at home and you can't help but stay a while.  Tiffani kindly let us take a peak into her beauty regime today.

Well, hello there!  I'm so flattered that Hannah has asked me to guest post today.  I've been a huge fan of her blog for quite some time and I adore her happy take on life and family!
Hannah asked for a self-portrait.  Um...do you think I chose enough photos?  No, seriously.  I have the hardest time with self-portraits.  I always look just this side of goofy.  But they're fun to do, no?

In addition to sharing the contents of my make-up bag, Hannah asked if I would share a few tips and or skin care confessions with you. I really only have a few rules when it comes to skin care:

1.  Always, always, always use a moisturizer with an SPF
2.  If you use foundation, be sure it has SPF of 15 or higher
{do you see the pattern here?  it's all about protecting that beautiful face God gave you}
3.  When it comes to color, don't be afraid to experiment
4.  Always curl your eyelashes

Okay, now for the confession:
I rarely {okay, pretty much never} wash my face at night.
I know.  I'm bad.
Without further ado, I present to you...my make-up bag.
:: Face ::
Mary Kay Concealer-Ivory 2
Bare Minerals Foundation- Fairly Light
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation- 120
{i switch between this and bare minerals foundation}
Cover Girl Cheekers Blush- Rock 'n Rose

:: Eyes ::
Mary Kay Concealer- Ivory 2
Sonya Kashuk for Target eyeshadow - creamy beige color
Revlon Quad- Sandstorm
Revlon Quad- Blushed Wines
Revlon Quad- Coffee Bean
Loreal HIP eyeshadow pot- Restless {918}
e.l.f. eyebrow kit- medium
Revlon ColorStay liquid eye pen- Blackest Black
Sonya Kashuk for Target eye liner- Blackest Smudge
Revlon eyelash curler
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara- Very Black

:: Everyday Lips ::
Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss- Pucker Berry

:: Going Out Lips ::
MAC Cremestick liner- Softwood
MAC Lustre lipstick- Full Body
MAC Dazzleglass lip gloss- Love Alert
{i snatched up the lipstick and lip gloss after hannah shared her favorite lipstick...love them!}
Revlon ColorStay liquid lipstick- Nude

:: Brushes ::
Loreal HIP brush- comes with pot
Mary Kay travel size eyeshadow blending brush
Bare Minerals Precision Concealer brush
Bare Minerals Max Coverage Concealer brush
Bare Minerals Flawless Face brush
Bare Minerals Handy Buki brush
e.l.f. Bronzing brush
e.l.f. Eyebrow brush
e.l.f. Eyeshadow brush
e.l.f. Defining Eye brush

And that my friends, is my make-up bag.  It's a hodge-podge of drug store buys and department store brands.  I like to mix it up, you know?
Thanks again, Hannah for hosting me today!

13 May 2011

Twelve Things: May.

one. Morning nap time = my work time.

two. Am passionate about gardening. I spotted a baby broccoli today!

three. Picked up the June issue of CARDS from the office. My first issue as "Editor!" So exciting to see my name in print.

four. Sparkley, summer toes for our upcoming getaway. (DVD & Rockstar Pink)

five. Speaking of sparkles: major glitter crafting today. Love Martha Stewart brand.

six. Couscous for dinner. Trader Joe's brand. It's the best.

seven. Babysat the neighbors today while their mommy worked.

eight. Oranges: the only thing I'll miss about winter. (These are "Pink Oranges." They are my favorite.)

nine. My little artist (and friend.) This little girl is constantly drawing.

ten. Trying my hand at embroidery and LOVING it. The final product will be featured next week on the Create: blog.

eleven. Picnicking in the sunshine with my boys.

twelve. Reading on the lawn. Best thing about a Kindle? You can read while under direct sunlight.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! We're hoping to catch some rays this weekend. Will be back on Monday to fill you in on our adventure.

My Makeup Bag / Danyelle.

Inside the makeup bag of the amazingly creative and beautiful Danyelle of Dandee Designs. Danyelle does it all. She is not just a knockout beauty, she is also a mother of five, an all-star blogger and a designer extraordinaire. Danyelle kindly let us take a peak into her beauty regime .

I don't use a make up bag, rather I have a little drawer in my bathroom to house all of my supplies.  Here's my list. :)

Make up drawer contents:
Face:
Bare Minerals foundation in "fair"- Such a great light feeling foundation.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in "porcelain"- Perfect for my under eye circles. (I'm a night owl!)
Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick in "porcelain"- To cover blemishes.
Bobbi Brown Blush in "blushed"-The perfect pink shade to perk up my complexion.
Various brushes from MAC + Bobbi Brown.
Eyes:
Bobbi Brown Base Shadow in "bone"-A base shadow helps your color shadows stay a bit longer.
Bobbi Brown Shadow in "ash"-This light plum shade brings out the color in my eyes.
Benefit Brow Zings in "medium"-Fills in my naturally thin brows.
Loreal Voluminous Mascara in "blackest black"-The best drugstore mascara I've used.
MAC Eyeliner in "photogravure"-A little brown line goes a long way in bringing out my eyes.
Lips:
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in "buff"
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in "ruby sugar"
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in "aubergine"
MAC Lip Gelee "moistly"
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in "peony"- I have a slight obsession with lip glosses. They're mostly in the same color family, and I love them all.

Beauty Tips:
I ALWAYS use an eyelash curler. It's makes a huge difference! Also, I really can't say enough about the importance of a good skin care regimen. Washing my face every morning and night helps keep pores clean and my skin looking fresh. Oh, and exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
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