I’m Now A Lipstick Wearing Kinda Girl

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So… tonight’s post is a little different.

One of the things I don’t often (and by that I mean never) talk about on my blog is beauty and makeup. It’s not because I don’t like these things. I love putting on my face just as much as the next gal, but it’s just something I do. I don’t obsess over it, and I don’t really care what kind of makeup I put on my face.

I am the kind of woman that buys whatever makeup happens to be on sale.

Except for my foundation — that is the one thing I will buy the same every time and only because I found the perfect shade for my skin, I don’t dare deviate. It’s not high end or anything either. It’s just plain old Maybelline. You know the whole “maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline”?

Oh, that never gets old. 

Anyway, let’s get back to the point here. I wanted to open up my blog a bit and talk about something astonishing that I most recently discovered, and that is lipstick.

I never wear lipstick — or should I say that I never used to wear lipstick.

I hated it. The thought of putting it on my lips and then having to worry all day if it’s smudged or smeared all over my pearly whites just didn’t appeal to me.

I am proud to say, I am now a lipstick lover and an avid wearer of lipstick. Thanks to Lipsense.

Yeah, yeah I know what you’re thinking, “you mean to say that lip stuff that’s all over Facebook?” Yes. That is precisely what I am talking about.

A woman by the name of Cherie reached out to me and wanted me to try this Lipsense that everyone is raving about. Now, I am going to be honest with you guys, as I always am. I thought, sure, I’ll try this stuff and I am sure that it will be just like any other lipstick that I have put on. It will be on for about a minute before I end up wearing it all over my teeth and face.

Well, I don’t often like to admit it, but boy was I wrong.

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I put this stuff on and I swear, it didn’t move for days.

The shade I am wearing is Roseberry. I never thought that a darker colour of lipstick would look great on me but I LOVE this colour!

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I could go on and on about how amazing this lipstick is, but if you really want to first-hand details you should try this stuff for yourself!

 

 

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If this lipstick can turn someone like me, who went years and years without ever wearing lipstick into an almost daily lipstick wearing woman than it is definitely worth you trying. Trust me.

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It’s nice to know that I can kiss the kids without leaving my lipstick on their face, too!

Check out Cherie’s Facebook group and contact her! She can get you set up with this amazing stuff!

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Click here to request to join the group

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Seriously, check this stuff out!

Holly

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I Have Been Given A Gift

Good evening, everyone! Well it’s Friday night and I can’t help but be a little honest with you all.

I am sitting here on my couch, in my polka dot PJ pants (my favorite) wearing an over-sized t-shirt. In fact, it’s probably my husbands — anyway, just so you know I am being honest and to give you a better idea of what my life is right now…

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See? I would never lie to you. Remember that.

My house is a mess. Like a disaster zone and to be even more honest — I don’t even care. The kids and Jaime are watching a movie. All is quiet… well with the exception of Zootopia drowning out the crickets.

Even Zoey, our lovable family pup is cuddle up on the couch being completely still and silent. Which is a rare, since she is a pup and is usually up wandering the house causing chaos.

This. Is. Perfection.

Well, my idea of perfection, anyway.

If someone told me that this is what I would be doing in my 30s, I would have believed them. That’s right — I would have believed them.

My favortie orphan, Anne Shirley says it best.

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And in my life, the “you” that Anne Shirley is talking about is my family.

I always knew that the one thing I was going to be was a mother. That has always been my biggest goal.

Sure it’s nice to have places to go, travel the world and do all kinds of amazing things but in this moment in my life I am perfectly content with this! This is what I wanted.

I have been given more blessings and opportunities than I ever deserved.

And when I look at this photo, I know that I really do have everything that I need.

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We had our family photos done a couple of nights ago and it’s funny how seeing your family in photos really puts things into perspective for you.

What have I been given?

My husband, Jaime, who works so hard for his family.

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I am not just saying this because he is my husband — he is the hardest working man I know. A man who works 6 nights a week and never complains. He understands that he has a job to do and has an unbelievable sense of responsibility. You just don’t find this very often anymore. I admire him for all he does for us.

My children, Ava and Douglas. The two lights of my life.

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I’d like to take just a moment and give you my perspective on motherhood.

I am far from a perfect mother. No one is. I have days where I lose my cool and come unglued. Days where, if I am being honest, I wish that I could pack them up and send away for just a few hours.

**If you say you have never had these feelings as a mother, you’re probably lying and these feelings don’t make you a monster, they make you human.

But then there are times, moments when your children look at you like you are the only thing that matters. Their eyes say that you are their everything. I hope that they never lose sight of this feeling for me.

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Side note — In the teenage years, I am sure they won’t look at me the same, but I am OK with that. I am not here to be their friend.  Besides I still have some time before that happens.

In reality, though — that’s just it. I love my children more than life itself, but I am the mother. I am the one that needs to be the grown up, a pillar of strength and dignity. Not a buddy or pal. There will be plenty of time when they are adults for me to be their friend — that time is not now. 

I love my children so much that if I could, I would move Heaven and earth for them. I would give them their dreams and their wishes. This is not reality, though. You cannot possibly give your children everything they want. You can’t look at your child and tell them they will never feel hurt, disappointment or regret. You cannot shelter them from reality.

You can’t lie to them and tell them that there is no evil in this world and that they will never be subject to it. Lying to your children does them no service.

Naturally, I am going to protect my children’s innocence as long as I can, but I strongly believe in being real with them.

I will tell my kids that you can’t be good at everything and that you won’t always be #1. There will be other kids that can do things better than them — that’s just life. It’s real. Kid’s do not need their egos boosted all the time. Don’t mistake this for me being a mean mom.

If my kids do something very well, I believe in praising them. First and foremost, I believe in giving praise where praise is due.

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I encourage my children to excel in the areas where I know they are great. If they are passionate about something and they really want to do it, but they need to practice, I tell them, “You want to be better? You need to practice.”

Hard work and dedication do pay off. There are those people, where things just seem to come easy to them but reality is, we don’t know their whole story.

I am not going to focus on someone else’s story.

I’m living my story and at the end of the day if my children fail, it will be no one’s fault but my own.

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The reason for this and in looking at these photos, I realized just how much my littles rely on me. They need me to guide them and teach them how to be the best people they can be. Honestly, I could care less if my children grow up to be world renowned scholars and geniuses. Sure, schooling is important, I am not saying that it isn’t but for my children, I want their virtues to come first. Kindness, patience, charity, and humility are at the top of my list for my children. Focus on these and you will see that other things will quickly fall into place.

These are attitudes that I believe the world is severely lacking and it’s no secret.

I can’t change the world but I can certainly shape my own children.

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This isn’t going to be easy and I know that I will need to make some changes of my own but that’s what being a mother is all about.

For starters, I am severely lacking in the patience department, I can admit that about myself.

This new mission starts today. I won’t be the best mom in the world, because I believe that is a role none of us mere mortals can fill, however, I will work harder every day at being the mother that my children need.

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I don’t look at motherhood as some competition with some glorious prize or trophy to be won. There are no awards, medals or even a pat on the back. We don’t need these things. We’ve already been given our prize — our children.

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I am going to cherish the “prizes” that I have been blessed with.

I get one shot to get this right and raising my children to be beacons of light in this scary world of ours is my goal.

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Feel free to share your thoughts on all this in the comments below!

Holly

How To Easily Clean Stains From Your Mugs

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Howdy ho, fellow DIYers! I have a great little cleaning hack for you today and if you’re a heavy tea drinker like me then listen up!

You know all those grungy stains that you get on the inside of your coffee mug? The ones that regular ol’ dish soap just doesn’t clean out?

Well, I have an easy way to get rid of those stains!

It doesn’t take long at all and you’ll have your sparky clean mugs back before your next pot of tea steeps!

All you need is toothpaste!

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Take a look at the inside of my mug before

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That’s many, many, MANY cups of tea. I don’t even want to say how many. Let’s just say, I love my tea.

All you need to do is rub the inside of your mug with toothpaste

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I tried using paper towel, but honestly, your fingers work just as well.

Let the tooth paste sit on the inside of your mug for about 3-5 minutes and then wash your mug as you normally would.

And viola!

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Much better, right!?

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Here’s a side by side so you can really see the difference

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And sure, by now you may be thinking… “well, who cares if the inside of my mug is stained?” but I can tell you tea tastes much better out of a sparkly clean mug!

Okay, so I may have made that last part up, but is it so bad to like sparkly clean things? I don’t think so.

If you have a few minutes and you’re bored, use this neat hack!

Pin this image so you’ll have this tip for later!

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Holly

Glow Stick Bath

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My poor little nephew has been having a rough go of it lately. Little Logan hasn’t been feeling the greatest.

He has been bogged down with an ear infection and fevers over the last couple of days.

My sister wanted to to do something special for him to help him feel a little better and I have to say that this little parenting hack is gold.

It’s so easy and cheap to do, too!

Kids need to have a bath, right? Make their bath time extra fun every once in a while by turning of the lights and tossing in a couple of glow sticks.

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My sister said that Logan LOVED it! — “he was in there for like half an hr and would have stayed longer but past bed time and water got cold”.

 

He loved lining up all the glow sticks like they were his dinky cars LOL

So the next time you give your kids a bath, give this a try! You can even pick up glow sticks for super cheap from the dollar store!

If you try this, let me know if your kids liked it!

Share this with a parent that you know would totally do this! 

Holly

Oh boy! Laundry Woes

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So if you follow my blog, you know that at the end of August we added another member to our family — our little Zoey.

Zoey is a rambunctious but lovable little pup. She’s 1/4 french bulldog and 3/4 pug. She has brought so much joy to our family and my daughter is totally taken by her.

I thought that I would get really bothered by all the hair but it hasn’t been as bad as I would have thought.

That is until my sister took it upon herself to welcome me to the club of dog owners with this picture…

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That is the filter from inside my sister’s front load washing machine.

And this is everything that she pulled out of that filter.

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Really gross, right? I am sorry that I had to share these images with you but I am blown away that this is even a thing — I had no idea that washing machines have filters.

My sister told me that she thought her washing machine was broken because she was getting an error message when in fact, all she needed to do was clean the filter.

My sister has a Samsung washing machine. Here it is and the arrow is pointing to the little door where the filter hides.

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She sent me this pics with this message…

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She’s funny, isn’t she? LOL

I have a top loader at home, but you better believe that as soon as I get home I am gonna see if I have a filter that needs to be cleaned — especially now that we have Zoey.

I keep all the manuals for my major appliances so I am going to go home and check. If you don’t have your washing machine manual, I would suggest doing a Google search to see if you can find it.

Do you know if your washing machine has a filter? Share in the comments below if you knew about this and be sure and share this with a friend so that they can go home and check their washing machine, too!

Pin this image to Pinterest and help spread the word!

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Holly

I’ve Tried Hand Rolled Ice Cream And I’m Never Going Back

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So if you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen the post I made about this drool worthy ice cream — if you didn’t here it is

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So there is this little ice cream place called Roli Poli and it is right on Richmond Row in Downtown London. I came across their Facebook page one day and I have been dying to get over there to try it out!

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I decided that tonight was the night and no one was going to stop me!! Plus, it was a perfect night to go because some of our favorite people from Cornwall were down visiting and it made for a great after dinner treat!

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Here the kids are anxiously waiting to dive into their ice cream. From Left to Right — Ava, Sophia, Chloe and Dougie.

Spoiler Alert It was more than worth the wait! 

OK … so first of all, I have to start off with that this is the BEST ice cream I have ever had! It’s made completely fresh and right in front of you.

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If you have never had hand rolled ice cream you should make it your mission to find a place that does this! If you’re local to London or live even remotely close to this area just go to Roli Poli!

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You won’t regret it!

Not only is the ice cream so delectable, but the staff are also friendly and helpful.

So if you’re in London and you’re looking for a delicious summer treat stop by here!

Check them out on Facebook, too! Give them a like and drool over their photos!

This is just our experience, but take it from a true ice cream lover — we will be back!!

Just look at this!!!

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Yes, you are seeing that right — that is a toasted marshmallow! Ava got the S’mores Galore!

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Mr. Douglas got the Lil’ Loopy — perfect for any Froot Loop lover!

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At the end of the day just remember…

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You said it, Roli Poli!!! 😀

Holly

Raspberry Cordial — Just like Marilla used to make.

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You may not know this about me yet, but my favorite novels are the Anne Of Green Gables series from Lucy Maud Montgomery. I have loved them since I was a little girl. I also LOVE the TV mini series that was made in 1985 — the one starring Megan Follows.

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No one will ever play Anne quite like her. 

I have always wanted to try Raspberry Cordial, ever since I watched Diana Barry get drunk off it — of course, as any great Anne fan knows, Anne accidentally gave her some of Marilla’s current wine by mistake. I must try that sometime, too!

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I thought we would whip up a batch of Raspberry Cordial today. It’s Sunday and it was a gorgeous day to be outside for a picnic and I think I have found my new favorite drink.

If you love Anne as much as I do or even if you just want a drink that’ delish, keep reading so that you can whip up your own Raspberry Cordial.

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Place your raspberries in a large metal mixing bowl and then squeeze the juice from two of the lemons over the berries.

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We had a juicer dish so that helped, but if you don’t have one of these, your hands work just as well.

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Kids love to help with this part!

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In a separate pot, boil the water and add the sugar, mixing thoroughly until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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While the water/sugar mix is still hot, pour it over the raspberry/lemon juice mix.

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Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

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Cover your mixture with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge.

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Let the mixture sit in the fridge covered for 24 hours and then strain the mixture into a pitcher, and keep it refrigerated.

When you are ready to serve, chill it over some ice and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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Enjoy this refreshing beverage on a nice summer day! Great for a picnic!

And if you haven’t seen Anne of Green Gables, you should give it a watch! Well worth it!

Make sure you pin this idea to your favorite board so you have it for later!

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Holly