Rocket Volume?

I recently bought Maybelline’s new mascara product titled, “Rocket Volum’ Express.” I feel the need to add some sound effects since next to the R is a rocket style flame.  How cheeky, right ?

 I can’t say it worked any better than their other products really.  It goes on smooth, but it took me a while to get every lash coated.  It’s noticeable in public though.  I had a few people mention my lashes saying it was noticeable, but not that they thought it was any different than before using other brands.  It goes to show you that a lot of these mascaras do the same thing and look nice,  but for the price?  I’m not sure.  I usually buy Maybelline but I’ll stick with a cheaper option next time.  This was on sale at Target for under $6 this week.  Give it a shot if you are feeling brave.

Until next time!

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In The Quiet Hours

All is quiet here on the home front.  It’s Mother’s Day and I wanted to take a moment to write something to my son.

Thank you for giving me purpose, drive and life.  Thank you for being who you are at all times, regardless of the storm.  They say children are a blessing, but you are that word that does not exist in any language but can be felt at all times where and when it matters most.  Saying, “I love you,” merely scratches the surface of how much I truly do.

Continue to grow and continue to be a light for the world.  Continue on your journey through brush and fire yet remain in tact because you are strong, you are whole, and truly blessed by God.

Thank you for giving me the title of, Mom.

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Dating is a Dying Art

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When was the last time you went on a solid date where you felt there was a connection, you actually wanted to see the person again, and you felt it could turn into a relationship?  When was the last time you went on a date and projected all your thoughts and possibly derailed things after the appetizer?  I know we are all guilty of having the foot-in-mouth instead of the spinach dip as the starter course.   Or we are downing too many alcoholic beverages before we even learn their last name then complain that things bombed to anyone who will listen.  Why are we torturing ourselves?  I used to be that single lady who ordered one too many “foot-in-mouth” until I had a moment of clarity and changed my attitude.  Looking back, I realized why I was attracting the wrong man and why things never developed due to how ridiculous I was being.  I know that by changing a few key things, you too can find a healthy relationship that will give you a sense of pride and boost of self-confidence.

As a plus-sized lady, I fell into the thinking that I may never find the unicorn known as a “good man.”   What if I’m not pretty enough or thin enough like some of my counterparts who, in my mind, fit more into what should be and not what is.  I honestly have to tell you that that mentality is absolute bullshit.  Men are men and they are not as discerning as women make them out to be.  If a man finds you attractive, he finds you attractive.  Yes, there are men who prefer a thinner woman, but sometimes they tend to be very insecure.   It’s mostly due to them being worried about what their friends will think – not their own happiness.  I’m not the thinnest hen in the henhouse but I have to say that I turn more heads than my slimmer counter parts.  It took years for this to finally sink in but it is possible and it gave me a new sense of self-confidence.  I was ready to be loved because I learned to love myself.

I empower you all to smile, be open and open-minded and confident.  Learn to listen as well as communicate your desires and ambitions.  Finding the right partner starts with finding yourself and loving yourself.  Try not to get caught up in broken text message, email conversations, drinking too much during the dating period, being too abrasive or rushing to the future before it even gets here.  Relax, have fun and let love find you because it will when the time is right.

Sensual Summer Legs

I admire those that get their body parts waxed regularly.  It’s expensive but the results are amazing.  I usually stick to shaving.  I never had much luck with hair removal creams either.  I guess my hair is just too stubborn?  Who knows.  Either way, for those out there who shave every other day in the summer like I do, remember to use a fresh razor, shaving cream and a good moisturizer afterward to keep your legs smooth.

I have never found one razor brand better than another, plus most of them are very expensive.  I usually buy the target brand disposable kind.  They have a small blue circle indicator to let you know when it’s time to toss it and use a new one.  I also use Target’s brand shaving cream because it works just as well as the more expensive name brand stuff.  I also have sensitive skin and it does not irritate me either.

Post shave I use Johnson & Johnson’s baby oil gel.  I feel it keeps my legs smooth without feeling greasy like baby oil sometimes can.

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Also, if you are applying sunscreen after the baby oil gel, I recommend using a spray versus the lotion like cream kind.  This way it won’t make a nasty combination on your legs.

Enjoy your summer, have too much fun and make a lot of memories!

Mama!

Mother’s Day is more than a day to honor the woman who gave you life.  This day and every day should be a day met with high praise for all Mother’s, whether they are biological or not, such as Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts or that family friend who took the kids in despite not being “family.”  Every day should be a thank you, even if that day was a struggle.  Sometimes we have to fight through the pain to realize they only wanted what was best for us.  Sometimes that struggle was all too real and as an adult, you then realized how tough things were for her growing up and she did the best she could with the tools she had.  Life isn’t a guarantee of perfection and promises but it is possible for all to do better and be better.

There is no specific definition or rule book on how to be a Mother.  Yes, there are numerous experts that claim they have found the formula for Motherhood but can they really measure love?  Can they really measure how many kisses given because you scraped your knee?  Or crying because you graduated high school, college or beyond?  That measure of pride and love is something no expert can compile.  It is something personal and special, that bond beyond compare.  I invite you to create something different this year for Mother’s Day.  Make a book of memories that you want to share with your Mom and turn it into a keepsake for when you have your own children.  This way you have something that can be passed through each generation as a symbol of what love is defined by in your family.  I usually make photobooks, albums or scrapbook something.  What will you do this year?

 

Clear Thinking

It’s a beautiful morning here on the East coast.  Dreams are blooming like the plant life outside.  What are you inspired to accomplish today?  I learned over the last 24 hours that life tends to shift right before our eyes and we have to take the time to think about what is before us and where it will lead us.

Sometimes we have to deal with the hard stuff, transitions, and playing in the dirt to realize we will come out on the other side happy, clean, content and satisfied.  Sometimes that has to be enough, even though we over stuff our lives with things, activities and people in an effort to make sense or matter.

Remember that you do matter, you are loved and it will all be okay in the end.

I Really Love Animals

Tiger earrings under $11 from Ashley Stewart of all places.  They are really heavy and I have yet to find a back that will support their weight.  I’m a bit upset but I love them too much to return them.  Sigh, the price of beauty.

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They add a bit of style to almost any outfit, aside from formal wear.  I wouldn’t wear these for the Lord, but a dinner date with someone special would be fun, or even a girls night out.  This is the dress I wore it with.  Yes, that is my, “It’s a-me, Mario!” pose in the mirror.

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Until next time!