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We have survived another year of school.

This year was another year of lots of changes. I’m continually amazed by the resilience of these boys. They live live with a grace and ease I wish I had.

They changed schools in the middle of the year. Accepted that our family grew. Lost a beloved pet. And throughout it all, they kept those smiles and those spirits that turn my heart to mush.

Dylan will be in 2nd grade next year. He just recently discovered reading and has spent the last couple weeks with his nose in a book. He is my bruiser. If you can’t find him he is probably outside on the trampoline or riding his scooter. He loves playing on his iPad too. You can always count on him to give fierce hugs and to roll full steam into everything.

Christopher will be in 5th grade next year. The last year of elementary school. I’m excited and sad about that. I love that both my boys are independent, but sometimes I wish they would need me more, just for a day. For an hour. Christopher is wildly independent. He loves video games and if he isn’t on his iPad, he probably has his nose in a book. He reads voraciously and I’m amazed at the things he thinks up. Even though he reads things like Lord of the Rings and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (yes, I swear he is 10) he is still incredibly silly.

These boys carry my heart with them everywhere they go. And my biggest wish for them right now is to have wonderful adventures this summer. To be kids. To be boys. To dig in the dirt and skin their knees. To catch frogs and turtles. To grow in more than just schoolwork.

 

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Wantable Accessories May 2015

Wantable Accessories Box

Products in the box:

Leilani Necklace, $26

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Arin Earrings, $12

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Chelsey Earrings, $17

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Avril Necklace, $32

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Total box cost $40, Total box value $87

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Book Review: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

May 19, 2015
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At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling’s prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather’s work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. […]

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Wantable Makeup Box May 2015

May 18, 2015
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Wantable Make-up Box Products in the box: Frankie Rose 3 Shade Blush Enchant – $35 Doucce Brow Pencil Filler Heavy Brown, $22 Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator Candlelight, $11.99 Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Pencil in Pearl, $14.99 Total cost of the box $40, total box value $83.98. Check out Wantable here.

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Sunday Stash

May 17, 2015
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Birchbox May 2015

May 15, 2015
Birchbox May 2015

Products in the box: Harvey Prince Yogini, Full Size $55, Sample Value $9.68 Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water, Full Size $32, Sample Value $1.31 Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel, Full Size $24, Sample Value $14.11 Macadamia Professional™ Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment, Full Size $40, Sample Value $9.52 Coastal Scents® Revealed 3 Palette, Full […]

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ipsy glam bag May 2015

May 11, 2015
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Products in the bag: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone + BONUS Revolution High-Color Lipgloss, Full size $16 Sample Value $4.80 BelláPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Ebony, FULL SIZE $14.99 NUXE Rêve de Miel® Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel, Full size $19, Sample Value $1.41 Pixi by Petra Beauty […]

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Monster SuperStar Bluetooth Speaker and GIVEAWAY

May 7, 2015
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I love listening to music. All day. Every day. I listen to music all day at work. I listen to music at the gym. I listen to music in the shower. When it comes to headphones, I use the nTune headphones from Monster. I love them because they are almost impossible to break and have […]

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April Empties

May 1, 2015
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Book Review: Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison

April 30, 2015
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I just adore this series. Witches, living vampires, pixies, werewolves. Rachel Morgan is a witch and a bounty hunter. In book 2 she manager to arrest Piscary, a vampire and the leader of Cincinnati’s underworld. There is a power struggle going on for his place and Rachel is caught right in the middle. She’s gotten […]

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Primer and Concealer Cleanout

April 29, 2015
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This is the first video of my makeup collection clean out series.

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Jergens Influenster Box

April 27, 2015
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I received an Influenster box full of Jergens products! I did receive these products free for testing purposes. Check out Influenster here.

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5 rules for when insomnia strikes

April 23, 2015
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Experts suggest that most adults need around eight hours of sleep a night. This does vary, but regularly failing to get enough shuteye can quickly takes its toll on your health. In the short term, a lack of sleep can cause tiredness, problems concentrating and a short temper. If it continues, insomnia can increase your […]

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BoxyCharm April 2015

April 22, 2015
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Products in the box: Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette, Full Size $39.95 OFRA Illuminating Blush Stripes, Full Size $35 Vincent Longo Duo Eye Pencil in Lapis and Lazlu, Full Size $26 Coolway Smoothing Lotion, Full Size $24.95 Harvy Prince Mini Roller in Signature, Mini $21.00 Boxycharm costs $21, Value of this box $146.90! Check out […]

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Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

April 21, 2015
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The Winter People is a ghost story. That said, I’m not really sure why I read it. The back of the book sounded interesting in the store and it was recommended to me from a group I belong to. But I’m just not into ghost stories. Funny story – I was right in the middle […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag April 2015

April 20, 2015
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Products in the Ipsy Glam Bag: Julie G Nail Polish in Damsel, Full Size $3.99 I love Julie G polishes and own several already. Some of the formulas are a bit watery but they are great for the price. KCO Colors Cream Lipstick in Natural Born Beauty, Full Size $8.00 theBalm Nude Dude Eyeshadow single […]

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Sunday Stash

April 19, 2015
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Wantable Accessories Box April 2015

April 17, 2015
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This was an amazing Wantble Accessories Box! Products in the box: Ciarra Earrings, $14 Charlie Bracelet, $18 Jessa Necklace, $21 Anne Necklace, $24 Total Box Cost $40, Box Value $77 – Check out Wantable here.

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Age of Adaline – GIVEAWAY

April 16, 2015
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Age of Adaline will be released on April 24, 2015. After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman [Blake Lively] has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones [Michiel Huisman] reignites her […]

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Book Review: The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

April 16, 2015
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Book #2 of The Hollows does not disappoint. Rachel is back and this time, she’s after someone who has been killing witches. With a pesky demon scar from the first book, a human boyfriend, and Ivy having a bit of trouble controlling her bloodlust, there is a whole lot of action in the second series […]

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Wantable Makeup Box April 2015

April 15, 2015
Wantable Makeup Box April 2015

Products in the box: Doucce Lush Lip Gloss in Cranberry Delight, $22 Mirabella Wildflower Eye Light in Pink Blossom, $28 Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick in Cherry Blossom, $20 Cara Cosmetics Unicolor Blush in L.A., $17 The box cost $40 and was valued at $87. Check out Wantable here.

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Book Review: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

April 14, 2015
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Dead Witch Walking is the first book in a series of 13 books about The Hollows. Rachel Morgan is a witch and a bounty hunter. Her roomate Ivy is a living vampire. They live in a church with Jenks, a pixie, and his entire large brood of kids. I have already read several books in […]

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Review and Demo

April 13, 2015
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Review and Demo
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Sunday Stash

April 12, 2015
Weekly Makeup Basket

This week’s basket: Flower Beauty In Your Prime Primer L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation Eddie Funkhouser Concealer L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Powder L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculpter in Dark Brunette Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded Lora Resort Palette Cattiva Cosmetics Precisione Eye Liner in Black Jessie’s Girl Liquid Liner Clinique High Impact Mascara

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Birchbox April 2015

April 10, 2015
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April’s Birchbox has a Mad Men theme. I chose the New York box this month. Products in the box: Cargo Swimmables Water-Resistant Blush in Los Cabos, Full size $26, Sample Value $7.72 This is the main reason I picked this box. This looks so beautiful! Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Full Size $22.00, Sample […]

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Birchbox Man April 2015

April 9, 2015
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Birchbox Man was Mad Men inspired this month. It’s $20 a month. Products in the box: Tommy John Cool Cotton Trunk, Full Size $29 The boyfriend says these are super comfortable. Flattering fit. Billy Jealousy Illicit Pearlized Body Wash, Full Size $20, Sample Value $2.50 This smells great! Not sure if the boyfriend will use […]

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March Favorites

April 8, 2015
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30 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 38 Years

April 7, 2015

Today I turn 38. I have earned every single one of those years so I’m claiming all of them.  I hope I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way. 1. Don’t give up on your dreams It is good to dream. And dream big. Don’t listen to any of the lies you will hear when […]

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Book Review: You Were Meant for Me by Yona Zeldis McDonough

April 2, 2015
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You Were Meant for Me is a book about relationships. It seems that every relationship in this book is accidental, which makes it seem quite real. Nothing is forced in the way the characters meet and in the way their relationships evolve. Miranda is the focus of the novel. She is in her mid-thirties, still […]

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Why I’m Not an April Fool’s Day Fan

April 1, 2015
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I am not a fan of April Fool’s Day. I’m not a fan of pranks in general. I know. I’m no fun. But here is the gist of it. No matter how good-natured you think your prank or idea is, someone has to be the butt of the joke – the fool. I don’t want […]

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March Empties

April 1, 2015

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Simple ways to make your house a home

April 1, 2015
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Getting the keys to a new property can be a great feeling. The only trouble is, it can take weeks, months or even longer before your house starts to feel like a home – and until it does, it might be impossible to really relax in the place. Luckily, help is at hand. By following […]

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