Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday Encouragement



Tomorrow is Monday and with Mondays come moods, and regret.  A longing for the weekend that past or the weekend of the future.

  It's just another day that we need to tackle with the same attitude as a Friday!  Wake up, reflect, breath


 and jump in beast mode!


  Get it done and keep it moving! The quicker we move the sooner it will be over!

  What's your biggest fear on a Monday?  Deadlines for work?  Are you making up for having the weekend off?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January Ipsy Bag review



  I just got my new Ipsy bag for Jan.  The first of my 2017 subscription.  It still came with the 5 items that I have come to look forward to and it didn't have a brush this time.  I would need to go back and look but I swear a majority of the bags had a brush of some kind.

  Item one in my bag was Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination by It Cosmetics.  My shade was tan.

This sample is a small tube that boasts the power of 8 hours of sleep in an application.  Also with its anti-aging formula your skin will look younger!

  Item number two was a 3 minute peel by Real Chemistry.


This sample was .35 FL oz. tube.  Apply the peel to your face, massage for a couple minutes then rinse off. How easy is that for a fresh and clean face?

  Next I received eyeshadow from Naked Cosmetics.

This shade is Desert Sunset #DE-02.  Its a copper color with a sparkle to it.  This container was .05oz.


  My fourth item was a primer by Temptu.


  This sample bottle was 7.5ml.  I like this primer as it was really light on my face.

  Last item in my Jan Ipsy bag was blush by Mannakadar Beauty.


  This great little compact samples shade was Paradise.

  Another month done.  Another satisfied month.  I enjoyed this subscription last year and will continue with it this year!  It gives me a chance to experience with brands I many not have or ever would have tried.  I like the different items that I may have overlooked as well.  A new bag every month not only provides me a new cute bag there are endless possibilities for what's inside.


  Do you subscribe to a monthly subscription?  Would would you like in a subscription if you picked one?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Water Wonderland Reflection



  I don't remember like it was yesterday because it wasn't.  It was two weeks ago.  The first snowfall of the season and even 2017 hit Virginia and gave us a beautiful blanket of white of which we laid down under stuck in our house for a couple days.


I took a walk through the neighborhood because after a few days inside it really didn't matter how cold it was outside.




I found my favorite little purple berry bush with the berries still slightly pretty in a new way.


Decorations left the holiday looked even better with snow.


Child' play.  It made me smile to see this angel.


The remnants of a past holiday.


A full moon and a beautiful blue sky.


Finally the cavalry arrived to clean the streets and make them acceptable for travel again!

I'm not placing any bets that this will be our one and only snowfall but if there's another I look forward to getting a few more pictures.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Club New Book Reveal


  So I stepped out of my box my introvert box, my warm and cozy anti-social box and joined a book club.  So far we have read 2 books for the end of last year and we are currently on our 2nd for this year.  My 1st book of the year with the club ended up in a cancelled meetup because of the weather so we are going to catch up on two books at the Feb meeting.

  This month we are reading The Goldfinch.


The Goldfinch is written by Donna Tartt.  A fiction, a #1 national bestseller, winner of Pulitzer Prize and from what I have been told a book that's been on a few people's must read lists!

  Lucky me, as I hadn't heard of the book before.  That's one perk of this book club.  I'm reading books I would have never selected, generes I have never read from and authors I didn't know.

This book when I picked it up intimidated me.  It's the biggest book I have ever had in my hands.  962 pages!!  I didn't think that I could even read say anything about understand and follow a plot of something so long.

I walked out of the library with the audio version to possibly help me along.  That has over 20 cd's so I have to pick my battles.  Bound and determined to finish this book I have broke it down into sections and hope to be done by the weekend.

So far I like the book and at page 350 I think I can say that with confidence.  I still know what happened in the beginning and look forward to completing this book.

After all my hard work at the completion of this reading I will be posting a review but until then.  


  What's the longest book you ever read?  Was it worth it in the end?  How did you find time to read all of it?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Meal plans 4/17-4/20



  This is a short week with a holiday being today.  I have tried to make my meals easy and less stressful.

  It so much easier to have a plan in place even if I don't label the days.  So this week my four meals will be randomly selected for the rest of the week.  Although it may only be 3 days as we still have leftovers from the weekend.

Chili this week will be my meatless meal:
https://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/10/chili-cornbread-skillet/

My chicken meal:
http://www.whatscookingintheburbs.com/2013/05/chicken-enchilada-skillet.html?m=1

Cheddar Bratwurst with homemade fries and veggies

Another meatless meal:
http://damndelicious.net/2016/05/23/garlic-butter-salmon-foil/

Happy eating everyone! What are you planning on eating this week?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thank Goodness Tomorrow is Friday



   New series.  Let's see where this takes us.  I'm going to sit back and picture a nice calm sea blue room, the ocean soundtrack is playing softly in the background and I can feel the sun warming my back.  On Thursday I will picture a nice, productive Friday and maybe there after and we will see what happens.

  Tomorrow Friday!

  I would like to be done with one book and starting in on another!

  I would like to have dinner planned and ready to eat before 6!

  I would like to paint my nails!

  I would like to catch up on the Vikings series!

  I would like to drink 8 glasses of water!

  I would like to get organized for little man's school start up again next week!

  I would like to catch up on some surveys!

  I would like to plan my week out next week!

  I would like to go to the gym!

  I would like to ...... free space (a bonus freebie for me)!

  So technically another name for this post could be wishful thinking.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday from Williamsburg


  Last week I popped over to Williamsburg, VA and walked the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.  A trip to Colonial Williamsburg is never boring no matter the time of day or the season.


Ice skating rink open daily for a fee.


 Some building are illuminated with candles or spot lights.


My favorite thing to look at during the winter months are the wreaths.  The adorn most doors and no one is alike.

 Some have swag in addition to the wreaths and others are strictly just wreaths.



Two doors why not two wreaths?


All of the wreaths in keeping with the traditions and customs of the time frame are natural, easily accessible items. So definitely  evergreens, fruit and even feathers.


To see the doors does not cost an admission fee but, you may just want to pay to see how the inside is decorated too.  

For more about Colonial Williamsburg check it out here.