Gratitude on Thursday

It’s the Thursday before Christmas.  I woke up today and realized that I needed to get on the gift ball, so to speak.  So today’s gratitude is a little bit about that.

1.  My Mom.  I called her yesterday and told her I wanted to do some crazy crafts today and she was totally down for it.  I love that I can call her up and say “hey I wanna try this out.  Wanna try it with me?”  and she is always up for it.  Her free spirit has worn off on me and allowed me to be willing to give pretty much anything a try, at least once.  It also pushes me to create.  I love looking at stuff and thinking “I’m sure Mom and I could figure out how to make that…”

2.  My Dad.  I called him on Wednesday and asked if he would help me move cars around, which ment driving all the way to Williamsport (about 25 minutes away) and all he asked was what time he needed to be where.  When I attempted to thank him all he said was “That’s what family does.”  I couldn’t have gotten luckier in the parent department.

3.  Crafts.  I know this sounds weird after I have just talked about my family but seriously I am grateful that I am a crafty person.  I have many people tell me “wow you made that?!”  and it is always a shock to me.  It blows my mind that people aren’t drawn to create beautiful and cool things by themselves.  I am also grateful that I can make these things and people appreciate them for the special things that they are.

**Bonus Round**  I am grateful that I actually got this blog up on THURSDAY!!  Two gold stars for me!!!

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Weekend Summery

This was an amazing weekend filled with friends, family, snow and crafts!  Here are some photos from my weekend.

J playing at the play area after our drive to VA

J playing at the play area after our drive to VA

J and I drove down to Virginia on Friday to see the Bestie and the new baby.  We got on the road late, go figure, but made it there in time for lunch.  We stopped at Fair Oaks Mall to give J a chance to play for a little bit since she was trapped in the car for 3 hours.

J, Nickie and I went to P.F. Chang’s for lunch and ate like fat kids!  I didn’t get any pictures because I was too busy wrestling with J and trying to stuff my face.  I had Chang’s Spicy Chicken and Nickie had Lemon Scallops.  We split an order of Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  This is our standard lunch/dinner at Chang’s.  Nickie is very good about feeding all of my food cravings while I’m visiting.  No offense central Pennsylvania, but there is no good food options up here.

From there we ran some errands and then headed back to her house to hang out.  Northern Virginia can be a little hectic on a good day, around the holidays it is just insane.

Nickie and Conrad

Nickie and Conrad

We ended up driving back on Friday night because there was a promise of snow.  I hate cutting trips short but I didn’t want to get stuck in NoVA for an extra day. 

Happy Baby!

Happy Baby!

We got home LATE (0200) after gettting turned around in DC and driving through North East. 

We woke up on Saturday morning hoping for a blizzard and there was NOTHING!  Matt had an early morning haircut appointment so we ran in to town to do that and pick up a couple things at Walmart (no, not TP, Eggs and Milk.  I promise!). 

Barn behind the house

Barn behind the house

While we were out it started to snow… and snow… and snow… By the time J woke up from her nap there were several inches on the ground and it was still coming down. 

First snow day!

First snow day!

Matt took J out to go sledding for the first time. 

Matt and J

Matt and J

And I came out to take pictures. 

Sledding!

Sledding!

J made snow angels. 

The prettiest snow angel

The prettiest snow angel

J was not interested in taking pictures with me…

J blowing raspberries

J blowing raspberries

While everyone was out playing in the snow I worked on some crochet projects. I finally made up some wind stops for the basement door and the kitchen door.  You know it’s time to get them done when the hubby says “how about you go upstairs and make them now.”  LOL!  (I have pictures of the crafts, but apparently I didn’t download them off my camera yet… ) Then everyone came in for hot chocolate and snuggles to warm up.  It was a wonderful day!  Later that night Matt showed J how to make snow cream and it was delicious!  Sunday was filled with cleaning and cooking and getting ready for the week.  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekeds.  Did you get any snow?  Did you work on any crafts this weekend?

5 for Friday- Quick Make Up Favorites

So I thought today I would take my 5 for Friday and tell you about my all time (for right now) favorite make up must haves.

Make up must haves

Make up must haves.                                                            Please don’t think I can’t count (there’s a bonus in there)!

1.  NYX  Push Up Bra for your eyebrows-

Best Eyebrow Pencil EVER!

Best Eyebrow Pencil EVER!

(Only one color) I love this eyebrow pencil.  I think that it makes a huge difference in your look when you use it.  I think that it finishes off your look.  I also think that in a pinch filling in your eyebrows makes you look so much more put together.

Neutral eyebrow color and a high lighter in one!

Neutral eyebrow color and a high lighter in one!

2.  Make up Forever Aqua Cream eyeshadow- (I have “16” and can’t wait to get some more)

Make Up Forever- Aqua Cream

Make Up Forever- Aqua Cream

I love how quick and easy this stuff is.  It has a good color pay off and staying power.  I have a pink one and it is great for days when I want a little sparkle with not too much effort.  I also love the fact that I can use my finger to apply it quickly and I don’t have to worry about blending it all that much.

"16"

“16”

3.  L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara-

All time FAVORITE mascara!

All time FAVORITE mascara!

This stuff is my ALL time favorite mascara EVER.  I have found that you have to use it a couple of times before it thickens up enough to be awesome.  I love how it separates my lashes and also thickens them up.  I find that it is a little Lengthening too.  AMAZING stuff!  My best friend found that they make this stuff in waterproof so the best just got even better!

4.  Clinique Quickliner for eye intense-

Quickliner- GREAT stuff!

Quickliner- GREAT stuff!

(I have “03 Intense Chocolate”) I started using this stuff over the summer and I love how fine the tip is.  I am able to add a little eyeliner right along my lash line without any effort.  I use it in dark brown which is great for days when I want to get together quickly without a lot of effort or drama.  I also love the staying power… I literally had to scrub my hand with a baby wipe to get my swatch off!

Swatch- Intense Chocolate

Swatch- Intense Chocolate

5.  Covergirl Clean Glow blush-

Roses

Roses

(I have “100 Roses”) I just recently started using this stuff and I love how natural the blush looks on me.  I can use whatever I have left over on my brush the next day (if I’m rushing, which NEVER happens.  LOL!) and it delivers a nice light flush for the day.

**Bonus**

6.  Clinque Almost Lipstick-

Almost lipstick

Almost lipstick

(I have “Black Honey”)  I love that this “lipstick” color looks great on EVERYONE!  It gives a light wash of color that can be built up.  It also isn’t thick enough to look dramatic.  This is my go to “running out the door and need some color on my lips” product.

Black Honey

Black Honey

Would y’all be interested in my quick make up routine?  I think its great for moms, student, teens,  or anyone who NEVER has enough time but wants to look put together.  Let me know what you think.  I’m now running late to go see my best friend!  Looks like I’ll be using all these products today!  Have a great weekend!  Happy Friday the 13th!

**All these products are mine.  I bought them with my hard earned money and no one can buy my opinion.**

Five for Friday

Five things that I am loving this week…
1. I found this Pin from Pinterest on Pinterest this week. So of course I had to have my mom teach me to crochet. I finished my first scarf on Tuesday and it was a WRECK! Thankfully mom could finish it. I am on to the second one now for a friend at work. Hopefully this one turns out better then mine. I’ll post pictures and maybe a DIY/Tutorial about how it’s made… not that I have any idea what I’m doing….
2. Pull Ups- Easy Up. I have finally had enough of changing diapers and I know for a fact that J can hold her stream so the jig is up. J is finally potty training. I am only using the the Easy Ups for when she is napping or sleeping at night.
3. Netflix. I love having cartoons and movies/TV shows on demand. I have two new (to me) movies to watch this weekend and I can’t wait. Not to mention that having cartoons on demand has been a lifesaver with J.
4. Hummus and Kalamata Olives I got a hankering for them earlier this week and I have been noshing away on them. Sometimes you just need some craving food.
5. Where the Wild Things Are. I brought this book home from mom and dad’s this week. J has insisted that we read it every night before bed. I love sharing pieces of my childhood with J. I loved this book when I was a kid. I wasn’t so wild about the movie, which agains proves to me that the movie is NEVER as good as the book.

What are you loving this week? Do tell! Any fun crafts that you are working on? Any books you love to read and share with your children?

Gratitude on Thursday

I can’t believe that I am actually getting this up on Thursday! (I totally didn’t get this up on Thursday…. Hell I am barely getting up today!!)

I was delaying working on a blog entry, so I was looking over my other entries and thought “ah HA!  I already know what I have to blog about today!”

So today I am grateful for…

1. Mornings with J.  I love being woken up to her climbing in to bed with me and wanting to snuggle.  I know that there will come a time when she will be “too cool” to snuggle with mommy so I am enjoying every minute of it.  I am loving the fact that me, J, Scout (the cat) and Gunner (the dog) are all snuggled up on the couch watching cartoons on this cool morning.  I makes my heart swell.
2. My health.  I see so many people struggling with their health and it reminds me that I was given this body and need to take care of it.  I am so grateful that I am generally a healthy person and work towards over all health.  I could “should” myself all day long about what more I could do to be “healthy” but then I have to remember that I am doing “ok” and sometimes that is enough.
3. I have no idea what to put for the third thing that I am grateful for…. So, I am just going to get this thing up and go on to my 5 for Friday post.

Today…

Today is the day.  Just like any other day.  I have lots of stuff that I “should” do.  But what I really want to do is nothing.  I want to lay on the couch and watch cartoons with J.  I want to make yummy food and take naps.  I miss naps.  I make an effort to take naps with J on my days off.  Lately though I feel like I have been too busy to nap.  There seems to be not enough hours in the day any more.  I think I am getting too busy again.  Maybe it is the holiday season that makes everything feel rushed.

One of the things on my To Do list was to get a blog entry up.  So here it is.

Here are some images from my morning

This was the view out of my dining room window.  I think it looks gray and sad and spooky.  I also see a lot of mystery out there.  It was inspiring to me.  And also reminded me that I need to paint the roof of the shed.

The view from my dining room this morning

The view from my dining room

Here is a clip of a project that I am working on.  My mom, an avid crafter, taught me to crochet the other night.  I finally found a project that I wanted to make that looked simple enough that I could figure it out.  I am almost finished with mine and I have three to make for the ladies at work.  I will probably be sick of crocheting once I make all four of them but at least I will have the basics down.

Crochet project

Crochet project

And a this is a picture of my coffee this morning in my favorite mug that Matt and J got me for Mother’s Day this year.  Note that it is full and I had not gotten a chance to take a sip of it yet.

COFFEE!

COFFEE!

Now I’m off to accomplish the things that I’m intended to accomplish today.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!