Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Things That Make Me Happy: My Routine

Not only is it good to have a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. It has only taken me 26 years to figure that out. 

To have a healthy mind, is to love my life. My life needs routine to feel balanced. If no routine or a balanced lifestyle = I become a unhappy person. Most people look up to me as their ray of sunshine {haha, okay that's a good laugh and a lie} but I try to stay positive and happy so that way, I in turn, can help make someone else feel better. 

I have tried to make myself a daily routine that I am happy with. And although I like to keep my routine, there are days that it gets completely thrown off, so some things don't happen. That's to be expected, right? 

And yes, I get to do these things because I don't have any kids yet. My routine will def. change when that time comes :)

*Wake up three hours prior to having to go to work (2 1/2 if I feel like sleeping in a bit), kiss the hubby and the babies, and sniff Doterra Peppermint Oil* to feel more energized because I am still half asleep at this point. But most importantly, thank God for giving me another day.
*Get my groove on with Zumba (in my pjs). Dancing will make any bad mood disappear and make you feel better for the rest of the day. I just found Heather Passons' Zumba* workout video and I am hooked. *Also for you that may be hooked as well, she just announced she will be coming out with more videos soon! I can't tell you!*

And I love that I can do this in the privacy of my own home because:

I am the most uncoordinated person on the planet.
But I have fun, it doesn't feel like a workout,
leaves me in a better mood, and I drink at least
one glass of water while doing it.

*Start some chores around the house, because let's face it: nobody has time for that once you get home (and who wants to after work anyways?) Feed the babies, clean out the litter box and I try to do something else so I don't have to do it later: take out trash, start dishes or laundry, vaccuum, etc. And I make the bed. I used to think there was no point to making the bed, but now I can't even imagine jumping into a bed that isn't made. An un-made bed makes me cringe (only when it's ours).
*Start my oil pulling routine. Don't know what oil pulling is? Read about it here: WTF is Oil Pulling and Why I'm Hooked and Whiten Teeth Naturally. Basically, I take coconut oil and swish it around my mouth for 20 minutes. 20 minutes??! I know, it sounds like forever, but it isn't that bad. Actually, I:
*Jump in the shower (yes, while swishing coconut oil in my mouth). I use Kirkland shampoo* and conditioner* from Costco. I really like to use these products because it makes my hair smell fantastic for the rest of the day. Also, if I use these products and close my eyes, I am taken back here:

Our outdoor shower in Kaui at the place we stayed 
for our honeymoon. At first I was too scared to get
in, but by the end, I made excuses to get in.
Not only because it was beautiful, but also
because I loved how my hair would feel using
the Kirkland products.

*Beautify myself by putting makeup on. I have found lately, that this is an important step of being an adult. I am still learning this process, and also learning how to do my hair. (I am not going to lie, usually, I just put my hair up or pull it back.. even though I get up super early, I still have no time to do my hair).
*Take my vitamin. And I give the animals their vitamins and a treat too (they aren't spoiled or anything... ha)
*Then I brush my teeth, floss (even though I should floss before I start the oil pulling), and do whatever else I need to do before heading to work.

Try to:
*Walk the dogs. Exploring nature is awesome. And it is great for the pups and your own health.
*Get another workout routine in by either hitting the gym or another youtube video that actually feels more like a workout. If I can't do that, then at least I already got my groove on from earlier this morning.
*Take more pictures of my life in general. When school started school, I thought I wouldn't have a lot to look forward to. That is not true. And since he has started school, I have found a lot of things that make me pretty happy and taking pictures is one of them :)

*Finish anything that might be on the do list. If not, move it for the next day.
*Take makeup off. Brush teeth again.
*Put Doterra Lavender Oil* on my temples, on Trav's feet (and lately I have been putting it on Gracie's feet to help her sleep as well). It makes sleeping (not all the time) so much more peaceful. And we have found that getting up in the morning, we feel so much more restful.
*Read a passage from the Bible.
*Pray and talk to God. Have a conversation with Him.
*Give the hubby and the babies a kiss goodnight. (Don't ever want to forget to do this because you never know what might happen the next day - or even if you will get another day).

*No one has paid or asked me to write reviews on these products. This is my personal opinion.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy National Sibling Day!

My little sister and I :)
When we were younger, this girl used to pull my hair as I was sitting in the living room (minding my own business), just to get a reaction out of me. Mom and Dad would yell at me from the other room to, "Stop doing whatever you're doing!" Huh? In all I was honesty, "I was watching t.v.!" 

I swear to you: the older sibling gets blamed for EVERYTHING

That's probably where her brat (all in love) nickname came from. Haha.

But, thankfully, we grew older and more mature (no more hair pulling for fun) and as we continue to grow older, the closer we become.

Living so far away, I don't get to see her often. I miss her. I was so glad that I got to spend some time with her when she was in town for a few days. I honestly don't know what I would do without her.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Half Way!

Today this stud is half way through his program. He's finally up on that hill, and it's only down sailing from here. :)
Picture taken during his DR trip.
Read more about it here.
Only a year, 3 months, and 15 days left. 

But hey, who's counting??!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies w/ M&M's

Who doesn't love Peanut Butter cookies? This is what I have been making for weeks when I am craving something sweet. They are easy and fast to make. And 100% friend approved (I have made them for the last couple weeks when someone comes to visit and they all love them!)

Mother-in-law bought a huge bag of M&M's when she came into town. To make the cookies colorful, I added some of them to the Peanut Butter Cookies. They are perfect for an early Easter treat!

The recipe I use is from the Food Network found here.

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
salt for sprinkling (I add at least 1 tsp of salt in the batter)

1. Place racks in the upper and third level of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2. Mix sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, salt. Lightly beat egg in another bowl, then add to mixture.
3. Place on cookie sheet. Flatten with crosshatch pattern using fork. Sprinkle some extra salt on top for tasting.
4. Bake in oven for 5 minutes.
5. Take cookie sheet out of oven. Place M&M's in the cookies.
6. Place the cookie sheet back in the oven on the other rack placement. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until golden around the edges. Transfer to cooling rack and let sit for a couple of minutes.
7. Enjoy all this deliciousness!

They are AMAZING! And who would have guessed that they are flourless? Friends and I can't even tell! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Elf Makeup

After noticing that my makeup hasn't been lasting very long, but not really sure on how long it has been lasting, I decided to test it out today to see how long it actually lasted.

I applied makeup before attending church. After the service and going out to breakfast afterwards, I got home (just about three hours afterwards) and noticed that my makeup that I had on my face completely disappeared. Only three hours??!!! Can you imagine how many people I have been scaring with my makeup disappearing in just a couple of hours?! 

I need help fast!

I did some makeup research online to see what would be better makeup than what I would have. With Trav at school, we are on a tight budget, so I can't afford much. So I started researching some makeup stuff for the past couple of weeks.

But I have been hearing great things about Elf makeup. After going to numerous places trying to find it locally yesterday with no luck (they do have it at Target - but the shelf that they had it on waiting for a part to come in), I got online to the Elf website. Right now they are having a special until tomorrow (sorry for the late notice) where they are giving you 55 pieces (a $21 value) for free with a purchase of $25.

You can't beat that right? So I talked the husband into letting me get some things so I can test it out. I've watched a couple of videos of reviews on the elf products to see what things I should get:

I am beyond excited and can't wait to tell ya'll how it goes :)

I have decided to get:

(I ordered this in Light Beige)

(I ordered this in St. Lucia)

(I ordered this in Medium)

(To apply Brow Kit)

(I ordered this in Champagne) 

Concealer Brush Blush/Bronzer Brush
Foundation Brush
Blending Eye Brush
Smudge Eye Sponge
Eye Liner Brush
Total Face Brush
Eyelash & Brow Wand
Lip Defining Brush
Brow Comb & Brush
Eyeshadow Brush

Eyelash curler
Lengthening and Defining Mascara
Eyeshadow Brush
Liquid Eyeliner (in black)
Eyeshadow (you can choose which color - I got smokey) 

*April Showers Kit:* (Free with $25 purchase. Through 4.7.14)
Hypershine Gloss
Waterproof Mascara
Matte Lip Color
Baked Blush
Little Black Beauty - Warm Eye Edition
Glitter Nail Polish
Baked Highlighter

All for a total of $28!($34.95 w/ tax)!!! You can't beat that! Yes, I know with two different sets, I will be getting 2 eyeshadow brushes.. but that isn't bad.

I am hoping that since I am new at all this (and have never ordered makeup online) that I made a good starter decision. 

And... maybe if I like these products, I think I may want to try:

*Mineral Eye Shadow Primer $3 (they say to get this in sheer)
*Essential Glitter Primer $2
*Studio High Definition Undereye Powder - in sheer $3
*Essential Dramatic Lash Kit $1

*Elf Pout Protector $3
*Essential Lip Balm Tint $2 (Nude & Berry)
*Mineral Lipstick $5
*Studio Lip Exfoliator $3
*Studio Lip Stain $3

*Essential Tone Correcting Concealer $1
*Studio Flawless Finish Foundation -in sand $6
*Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer $6 
*Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick $6
*Studio Blush $3(want them in all colors!)
*Studio Makeup Mist & Set $6

*Essential Eye Crease Brush $1
*Mineral Powder Brush $3
*Studio Complexion Brush $3
*Studio Stipple Brush $3
*Studio Small Precision Brush $3
*Studio Kabuki Face Brush $6

Cleaning Products:
*Studio Daily Brush Cleaner $3
*Studio Makeup Remover Cleaning Cloths $3

I really think I am going to love this! I really don't want to be disappointed.

Have you used Elf Makeup? If so, what do you love/hate?

P.S. Have you guys heard of SheSpeaks? I just discovered it! It looks pretty awesome! And love the idea of the Reviews, Deals & Offers, even the Recipes! But I love the fact that you can try products free (if you're a match) for a review of the product! Who wouldn't want to do that?

*Nobody has asked me to do this review. I wrote this doing my own research.*

Friday, April 4, 2014

Finding the Right One

I was in a bad relationship prior to meeting Trav. This guy made me feel like I wasn't anything important, hated about everything about me, and hated being seen with me in public (he wouldn't even allow me to visit him at work). After watching many of my friends relationships, I knew that what I was wasn't something that was healthy or anything special. However, I slapped a smile on my face and acted like everything was okay and I barley told people what what was going on because I was embarrassed. 

I was scared to be alone, and I already knew if I told people what happened behind the scenes, they would ask the same question I asked myself, "Why are you still with him?" I guess I just thought that with time, things would change. Things would get better. (Note: If you're in a bad relationship, things don't change to become better - they just don't.)

We ended it right before our three year mark, many were surprised (including my parents), probably because I was lying to myself to make myself feel better. But you can only do that for so long.

Surprisingly, I took the breakup great! People were completely surprised by the way I acted - after all, I was with that guy with for 3 years. But what they didn't understand was that, I felt like I was single the whole entire relationship. We were never in love.

So when it ended, I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I was happy. Probably the first time in years. 

Mr. M and I were sitting in his office some day after I told him some of the things that happened. Then he asked the question:

"Do you know how you found the right one?"

I shook my head no, as I listened carefully to the words that I would never forget.

"When you think that person deserves someone so much better than you, but they choose to still be with you anyway."

These words are so true. Especially in a relationship because you're not perfect. You're going to make silly mistakes. But that person will love you with all your mistakes and with everything they have.

After this, I dated for a while. I went out with different guys, but  didn't seem to have a connection with them. I got sick of the dating scene. Although it was fun, I longed for a more serious commitment (a happy one).

So I prayed. 

I told God that I would be patient. I would wait for whoever he chose to be in my path, because after all, it is all in his plan and timing.

Soon afterwards, I was told about this guy named Travis. I went on a first date and fell instantly and madly in love with him. (You can read more about our first date here.)

It is in God's timing.

Travis and I could have met in so many different ways:
*We only lived 5 minutes away from each other.
*We should have went to the same elementary school, but the year I moved to the area, the school system changed the school's borders, making me end up going to a school a little further.
*We could have went to the same middle school, but again, the road that we lived on different sides of, was the border line for each middle school.
*We went to the same high school. However, there were about 700 people that graduated with us. We had some of the same friends, and one of my friends had a crush on him, but for some reason, she either never pointed him out to me, or if she did, I didn't pay attention. Imagine though, we sat in the same lunch room, probably at least one time together, but didn't even know each other.
*We both attended Kate's wedding. We sat a table away. We have a picture together where his date is crossed out, and you can see us both.
*We went to a friend's bonfire, but when he arrived, I was leaving. We did say a brief hi to each other as a friend introduced us, but I was in a hurry, and nothing was going to come out of it.

If it wasn't for God's great timing, we could have never even met, or, met each other before the time we were supposed to meet each other and not liked each other at all.

Now, is that destiny or what?

How do I know that Trav is the one for me?

Because he deserves so much better than me, and he still chooses to be with me. He treats me like I'm something he doesn't want to lose, loves me unconditionally, and would do anything for me without hesitation. He deserves someone so, so, so much better than me. He is much more than I could have ever even dreamed of.

And although I felt like I wasted three years with someone, but without that guy, I would have never knew what I wanted in a man. I would have never appreciated the small things (one thing that Trav reminds me of because he is so thankful for that). I would have know that happiness existed in relationships. I would have never known what true love looks like. I think God wanted me to be in that relationship, so I could realize that when he placed Trav in front of me, I knew he was going to be different. I knew he was going to be the right one.

God knows so much. He knows the perfect timing for everything. He will bless you.

Timeless Essence Photography


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