Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The River City

When Trav's mother, brother and my sister came in town, we decided to hit up Memphis while Travis was in school. Trey has never been to Memphis before, and I'm not going to lie, it was a blast. The place that Trey and Brittany have never been before was Sun Studio's. This is one of Trav's favorite places in Memphis and every time you go in, you learn something new.

Sun Studios
Sun Studios was opened by Sam Phillips in 1950, and originally named it "Memphis Recording Service". Sun Studios recorded famous singers such as: Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, and some other big names.




People from all over were able to come in and make a record. Elvis got his start here. In 1953, Elvis walked in claiming that he wanted to sing a song for his mom. Although we all love this story and think it's so sweet, it turned out to be a lie (sad face). 

Phillips wasn't there that day, but Marion Keisker, a secretary at Sun Studios', made a copy to give to Phillips because she was so excited after hearing Elvis record. 

When Phillips heard it, he wasn't as thrilled about it, but in 1954, Phillips invited Elvis to come back to sing a song. Although no progressed seemed to be made, Elvis started singing "That's Alright, Mama" and Phillips liked what he heard, so he got it on the radio. People liked it too, and they wanted to hear it over and over again. And we all know where that went from there.

These are five of Elvis' greatest records recorded by Sun Studios.


One of my favorite pictures of all time.
Last time I went into Sun Studios with Dan, they told us about Elvis' microphone (one that he used). However, this time, they didn't mention it. But we did in fact have messing around with it.

 


Of course we had to get some pictures standing outside.

 


If you're ever in Memphis, you def. need to hit up Sun Studios. It is so much fun to hear about the birth of Rock n' Roll.

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After that, we went off to see the Peabody Hotel Ducks. Although we got there 15 minutes early, it was PACKED. There were tour buses and people almost stacked on top of each other just to catch a glimpse.

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That's how bad of sight we were 15 minutes early (so if you go, make sure to get there maybe an hour early?). As we were leaving, I felt a pinch on the butt, by no other Travis Michael who finally made an appearance :)
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We then went to Pigs to eat because it is only Trav and Trisa's favorite place to eat. Travis made other believers out of Noah and Shelly when they were here too. However, I am not all into BBQ, so I settled for Chicken Fingers off of the kid's menu with honey mustard sauce.
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Afterwards we went to a different couple of places that allowed my 19 year old sister (since she's not 21 yet). One place we decided to check out was Jerry Lewis' restaurant.

They had an Elvis tribute band (along with other songs from this time period) playing and gave us seats right next to them. 



 

This is the first time that I had seen of Brittany having a GREAT time where you could tell she actually felt relaxed without a care in the world. We all loved it.


This band was pretty awesome. The guitar player (although he didn't play a guitar player in the movie) was in Walk the Line. The bass player is playing with Jerry Lewis in today's concerts. And the drums player? During part of the show, he threw his sticks to Trisa.


Let's just say, it went as well if I'd have caught them. It was fun :)

And to top it all off, we all shared some of this incredible chocolate cake:

I will say that I enjoy Memphis so much better than Nashville. It was great people, food, and music.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Things That Make Me Happy: My Routine

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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 :)

Morning:
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*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 how.excited.i.am!*
 

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

Night:
*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.

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
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:

Eyes:
*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

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

Face: 
*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

Brushes:
*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.*


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