Friday, August 8, 2014

4 years.

I'm a little late on this post because well, 4 years ago was two days ago.

Confusing, right?

4 years ago (from two days ago) was when my husband and I married. It's been almost 4 months since he deployed with two more months to go until he comes back home (I'm seeing a pattern here...). This husband of mine that I've known for more than half of my life still manages to give me butterflies from the other side of this planet.

I miss him. So much.

Two more months to go.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

hello, old friend.

I am guilty.

I am guilty of neglecting this place where my thoughts are drawn. I’ve also been neglecting the photo-a-week project I set out to do. I’m terrible.

But…

I’m doing great! I’ve started school again and have been pretty busy (and sleep deprived) balancing everything from spending time with Trina, attending to little Leo, keeping a 96% average in school, and everything else that life demands. Ariel and I chat just about every day (thank God for the Air Force!) so it’s almost as if he’s just at work only half an hour drive away.

Almost.

I’ve managed to stay strong this far. We’re just about a third of the way through and I haven’t cried once. Maybe it’s because I have so much going on that my mind and body is always running about but I haven’t hugged myself crying in a corner yet. haha! I am reminded of him every day though. His razor still hangs in the shower, his toiletries still on the dresser, his winter gloves and hat still tucked away in the car, his coolers in the backyard, and the weather that demands BBQ all whisper his missing presence. Sometimes I catch myself feeling alone and really, really small. I daydream from time to time and I can picture him vividly enough that it almost feels like he never left. It also helps that we chat like we’ve always done.

A third of the way through.

I learned something about myself though. I always feared that I had become too comfortable and the part of me that survived through pre-Ariel times was long gone. I mean, I shudder at everything I went through and the girl that I was. I was a pretty tough little thing that was difficult to break down. Very stupid, but tough. Point is, she’s still here somewhere. A lot less stupid thank God, but I’m still pretty tough!

I hear Leo squealing. My time here is up folks! Until next time.. :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

14/52

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Trina and I’ve been having SO MUCH FUN with her school’s spirit week. It was wacky hair day yesterday! Can you tell?

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Leo started out looking like my Dad but his features are changing! My Step Mom said that a baby will change at least 20 times as he grows and well, she was definitely right about that. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

12/52

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

11/52

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Trina has always been quite the artist since she could hold a pencil.

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Leo doesn’t mind belly time as much as he used to. Why? Because he can roll back onto his back whenever he pleases.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Glossybox review: March 2014

It’s something I look forward to every month now; the pretty pink box from Glossybox. I received my first box last month and while I liked it on a scale of 8 out of 10, I didn’t like this month’s as much.

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Much like last month (and I’m pretty sure for many more months to come) it came packaged in a pretty pink ribbon and a card filled with little facts of each products.

I wish I had taken a photo of it but the packaging inside wasn’t as pretty. Maybe it’s due to the shipment but I had to dig through the crinkle-cut paper fills to fish out the sample sized products. I blame it on the shipment process very lightly because last month’s presentation was perfect with every item nestled in nicely.

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First, the tinted lip balm from Figs & Rouge in Cherry Blossom. This is one of my favorite of the two things I like from this month’s subscription. When I first saw the shade of the pink, I was a little turned off because it was a little too rouge for my liking. I tried it on anyways and it was one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” moments. The color (it’s the same shade of pink that you see on the product!) really brought out the color of my lips in a really natural way. It also doesn’t feel sticky or oily leaving your lips feeling as if it was bare. This UK made product has a price tag of $9 on Amazon.

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My current eyelash curler is from Revlon and while I haven’t tried many to consider myself an eyelash curler expert, I didn’t like this eyelash curler from Emite very much. Maybe it’s because I have thick eyelashes (if there is such a thing?) but it just didn’t get the job done. I usually wear faux lashes and it didn’t do the job as well as my drugstore purchased Revlon. Shame. This is a Swedish product and while you can order from their website, everything is written in what I’m assuming is Swedish so try your luck on Ebay. I found a few on there for sale with a price tag ranging from $8 to $15.

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Okay. So I know nails. I may not have done nails for five years now but I know nails because there once was a time when I lived and breathed nails – I worked six days a week open to close at a nail salon in Durham, NC. While the dry time on this polish was superb, it went on sort of sloppy and dried a little dull. The company Lauren B is based in LA and their nail polish can be directly purchased from their website for $18 (so not worth it, I’m just going to stick with OPI and Essie). The shade I received was nowhere close to my preference but I won’t let that affect my rating for this. It took three coats and a careful spread to get an even coverage. 3 out of 5 stars because it could just be this shade. Lighter nail polishes do have the tendency to have that watered down thing going on…...

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When I saw this in my box I had log in to my acct to check my beauty profile. This is a treatment spray for color treated hair from Pureology and well, I haven’t colored my hair in a long while. In fact, my beauty profile on Glossybox is filled out in a way that specifically shows how useless this would be for me. So in that light I can’t give an honest review for this item.

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Now this eyeliner… Wow. I love this eyeliner! It glides on so smooth and stays on so long that I haven’t had the need to do any touch-ups since I put on my makeup twelve hours ago. Now, being a monolid I tend to do my eye makeup on the heavier side so having a good eyeliner is pretty important to me. You can buy this sweet eyeliner for $15 directly from them by clicking here.

This month’s subscription is overall okay. Shipment speed was better than last month’s by about a week having received it yesterday. Packaging presentation was terrible but nothing was damaged. The value of the items in this box was triple more than the monthly subscription fee so I’m a happy-ish camper but Glossybox, you guys were really sloppy this month.

***This is my own personal review for a product that I paid for. If you would like to register for a monthly subscription of your own, feel free to use my referral link by clicking here!