Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Top 5: Face

I am starting a new series called Top 5.  It will have my top five favorite picks for anything from health and beauty, to fashion, to kids stuff.  All these products are my favorites, all have been purchased by my and no one is paying me for these reviews.  If that ever changes I'll let you know.  If you would like to submit a suggestion for a Top 5 topic, let me know in the comments!

And on to my first top 5, my favorite products for my face.

1. Mary Kay Concealer.  Okay, we all get red bumps and areas on our face.  Pentecostals aren't typically that into make-up, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I use this all the time.  The bags under my eyes just aren't that pretty, lol!  You can use just the littlest bit of this and it makes a big difference.  Eric's aunt sells me Mary Kay at a discount, and to be honest, I'm not going to spend $30 or $40 on concealer.  If I did, that stuff better be concealing my zits with pure gold.  

2. Bio-Oil.  I'm gonna be 100% honest with you.  Bio-Oil is awesome.  I used to have these hideous (like so, so ugly) dry patches on my face.  I tried some moisturizers with little to no luck.  At best they would reduce the dryness, but until I started using Bio-Oil nothing got rid of it all together.  I sing the praises of Bio-Oil to anyone who will listen.  I slather this on my face every night before I go to bed.  When I go to sleep I basically look like the worst kind of redneck trash, but when I wake up my skin feels like it's so moisturized.  It feels amazing, and no more dryness at all!  And the price absolutely can't be beat.  I feel like it's worth so much more than you pay, and this 4 ounce bottle will last you months, because it only takes a little.  Go get some!  

3. Oil of Olay Pro-X.  I bought this originally because I kept hearing people sing the praises of these Clairsonic cleansers and while I loved the reviews, I just couldn't bring myself to swallow the price point.  After some research, I found this Oil of Olay look-a-like cleanser at a much more manageable price (the one I linked is for sale now for about $27, but I actually only paid $15.99 when it was on sale).  The reviews for this product were fantastic so I went ahead and ordered it and I've never looked back.  You guys have no idea how absolutely disgusting your faces are.  I mean, they look pretty, but the dirt and grime that builds up on them is so gross, at least mine was.  I was shocked and horrified when I saw all the dirt that wiped off my face (and just for reference, I go must of my week completely make-up free, and even when I do wear it I consider it pretty minimal).  So it really was surprising how much dead skin and dirt was on my face.  I'm definitely a believer, if you see it on sale for a good price swipe it up quick!  This will make your face feel so smooth and clean you'll be a believer too!

4. Mary Kay Pink Diamonds Lip Gloss.  This is just hands down the best lip gloss ever.  It's pretty, shiny, and has just the tiniest color that makes my lips look so nice.  Not that I'm out to entice anyone with my beautiful lips, haha!  Eric likes it and I like it, so that's all I really care about :)

5. Simple Face Wash. I asked all my FB friends for their favorite face washes and this was the overwhelming winner.  I actually felt bad I couldn't try all their suggestions, but I'm not rich, lol!  This is gentle on my skin and doesn't have that many ingredients, which I like.  Plus it's inexpensive and available at your local Target.  Winner!

So that's a wrap for my first top 5, let me know what you'd like to see next!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday!

This past week a precious new soul entered this world.  My sweet niece, Eleanor.

I can't believe how tiny and cute she is.  John says she cries a little bit more than he thought she would.  When I held her yesterday at church, she was nothing but sweet.  Maybe it's because she knew her Auntie had her!  :)

In any event, last week we also moved into a new rental and my parents are here this week, so I'll definitely be on the quiet side until things die down a little.  I'm still working on bringing you guys the content you want to see and of course my family is still my family, which is to say, always eventful, so I'll be back at it before you know it.  Don't miss me too much :)

Love you!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Beginner Sewing FAQ's.

Most of my friends know how much I love to sew and I share it a lot on here too.  I've decided to answer a few of the questions I get most about sewing so there is a reference for the future.  If you have any other questions, please ask them in the comments and then recheck this post.  I will add to it if there are any other questions.  I may even do more posts on this same topic if there is enough interest.

Q: What kind of sewing machine do you have?
A:  I have this machine from Singer.  I love it and have zero complaints.  There are a lot of passionate opinions in the sewing community about whether or not Singe remakes good machines (many feel they do not), but I love this machine.  I love it!  It's great for a beginner too.  If you are thinking about buying a machine, I would recommend this one whole heartedly.  Whichever one you do decide to buy, please read the reviews.  It would be much better to buy a good machine that is user friendly that might cost a little more than buy a cheap machine that doesn't work well and then you end up hating to sew.  Sad face.

Q: What features should I look for in a machine?
A: The number one feature I love about my machine is the removable (or sometimes call "free") arm. It is a lifesaver for sewing up small things, for example, a sleeve.  It will keep you from accidentally sewing too much fabric together and it is so easy to do on little things.  It's even very useful for bigger things, because having the arm removed allows you to feed the fabric under the machine.  Trust me, you want it.  Additionally, I would definitely recommend getting a machine that has the capability to sew both buttons and button holes.  Sewing buttons on my machine has saved my life.  Not only is is approximately one bajillion times faster, but it's more durable (at least for me) and most of all, it's easier.  True story.  If you are able to get a machine with an easy drop in bobbin, that's very good too.  A machine that has a difficult bobbin loader will make you want to cry.  I guarantee it.  I've experienced it. A few (hundred) time.  Okay, that last one might have been an exaggeration, but still.

Q: Why do you zig zag stitch or serge the edges?
A: Plainly put, so your item doesn't fray in the wash.  If you never plan on washing it (perhaps curtains?) then I guess you could skip that step.  If you don't have kids.  Or dogs.  Or a clumsy husband.  So in conclusion, please zig zag.  My mom always says it's not worth the time to sew it if you can't be bothered to zig zag stitch it.  And if a mom said it, you know it has to be true.

Q: Why do you insert your straight pins horizontally?
A: Well, some of you might not like this answer either, but it's the way my mom taught me.  Haha!  The truth is, she taught me to do it this way because they are so easy to pull out when you are actually sewing and she is totally right, so I always do it this way.  It just makes sense to me.  But I will admit, it's not the only way to do it, it's just a natural habit for me.

Q: What is topstitching?
A: Topstitching is when you sew over the top of something.  Usually you would sew something with right sides together so that the seam is on the inside when you flip it right side out.  (Are you following?)  When you topstitch, you do it with the item flipped on the right side out (so all the seams are inside, how they should be).  You stitch over the seam.  Sometimes this is done in part to enclose a part of the seam you didn't catch before because you had to flip it right side out, a good example might be a throw pillow.  You can't sew the entire pillow shut on the wrong side, or it would be impossible to flip it out to the right side.  So you turn it right side out and then top stitch all the way around and that last little bit will be secured.  It will also look more uniform and professional this way.  The other reason is simply to look more professional.  Many store bought and boutique items are topstitched, the bottom line is that it's an extra step that adds class and quality.

Q: Which the better way to hem, a double fold or a zig zag/serge on the edges?
A: I personally prefer to double fold, however that does require a little extra fabric on the length of a garment and believe it or not, I have actually had a few instances were I simply didn't have enough length in my fabric to do that without the garment ending up shorter than I preferred.  So in those instances I was left with the one option of zig zagging.  With that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with zig zagging or serging the edges of a hem and plenty of people like to do it that way.  So in conclusion, do which ever you want, just be sure to do one of them!

That's all for today!  If you have any other questions I would be more than happy to do a second installment, all you have to do is ask :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, August 1, 2014

August & A Printable

Um, since when is it August already?  Not cool!  I know most of you look forward to the fall, but I don't.  Summer is the most wonderful time of year for me and I miss all of my short sleeve shirts and sandals terribly whenever fall and winter roll around.  I miss being able to walk right out the door without having to get coats and scarves and leggings and boots and it's so much harder to get my kids out the door.  Every single day I think of warm weather and how much I obviously belong in Florida.  One day people, one day.  So while the rest of you are counting down the days until Starbucks starts serving pumpkin flavor everything, I'll be enjoying every last second of sandals, because I know their days are limited.

In other news, August is bringing a great blessing to my family, the highly anticipated birth of my niece Eleanor.  I can't wait to cuddle her and kiss her tiny little cheeks.  Any day now sweet girl, we're all ready for you!!  Especially your 5 bajillion months pregnant mother.  Her most of all, lol!

Moving on, this verse has been running through my mind for a few days and it was calling to me to make it into a printable.  I plan to hang this on our wall somewhere in our new home.

It might not be free forever, so please download it now if you like it.  It's sized to an 11x14.  Of course feel free to share, but please give credit to Let It Shine (link back) if you post it anywhere else.  Thanks!

Just copy, save, and print.  Have a lovely day!  :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FB Pet Peeves

If we're all honest, we all have a few FB pet peeves.  Things that make you roll your eyes...or remove them from your own head.  I often want to post about these of FB, but I always want to do it in the moment, right after someone does something.  I don't want to embarrass anyone or offend them, so I've been collecting these thoughts and I've decided to post them here.  If any of these make you feel guilty...well, you might be just a little guilty!  Indulge me in hearing a few of mine.

1. TYPING LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME.  ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE OVER THE AGE OF 17.  Seriously, it's considered rude internet etiquette type in all caps.  It's like yelling.  Just don't do it.  I actually belong to at least one group on FB who will ban you for doing it because it's just plain rude.  I feel like emphasizing ONE word in caps for emphasis isn't that bad, but a whole sentence it just too much.

2. 1F Y0U C@N R3@D TH1$ Y0U @M0UNG TH3 1%...I'm going to let you in on a little secret.  If you can read this, it isn't an automatic indicator of being a genius.  MIT will not be calling you at any minute offering you a full scholarship, it doesn't guarantee your success in being a language translator for the CIA, and it doesn't mean that you will have a perfect score on the SAT's.  It just means that your brain is able to interpret that because the @ symbol resembles an "a" it obviously means "a".  And if you can figure out that 0 actually means "o"...that's not that awesome.  If fact, if you couldn't figure that out I'd be a little worried for you.  I'm not saying you're not a genius, but you may want to consider further testing before bragging about how smart you are.  A drunk person could read that.

3. Riting w/ out using full werds or sentences doesn't make u look kool.  It just makes u look stoopid.  And possibly a little uneducated.  Just remember, ask is to inquire.  An axe kills people.  Even if you talk like a third grade drop out doesn't mean you should write like one.  Get serious.

4. FB isn't a blog!  If you a large percentage of your posts require the "see more" link, they are too long.  Of course it's going to happen every once in a while, but if it happens often think about getting a blog.  And don't tell me you don't have time for a blog, if you have time to write a three paragraph status you have time for a blog.

6. Please don't over use exclamation points!  If you always type like this, it negates your excitement!  If everything is exciting, nothing is exciting!  Save some for later!  I promise it won't kill you!  In fact, you'll probably be all around more chill!  Try it!  Please!  <<Tell me that wasn't at least a little annoying.

6. Please don't complain about how awesome your life is.  I seriously have friends that do this.  They literally complain about getting too many gifts or being invited to too many parties.  I can handle people who have an awesome life and love it.  No one likes a bragger or a whiner and you just managed to put them both into one category.  Be thankful your life is awesome, or do something to make it suck a little more.

7. And speaking of complaining and whining, don't do the opposite and brag!  It's one thing to post about something new you have and to be excited, but don't be an over obvious bragger.

8. Don't post pictures of cute kids, animals or food.  Especially delicious looking cookies.  Or pizza.  I can't stand that.

Just kidding!  Haha!  You can ignore #8.  Of course I love seeing your kids, animals and food.  Especially the food, but if it's cookies don't be surprised if I show up at your door begging for cookies like an overly excited, underfed little puppy.  Apparently some people don't, but I'm good on all those counts, and guilty as heck too!

9. People who complain about getting game requests/Getting tons of game requests.  I'm going to let you in on a little secret known fact (although I don't know why it's little known).  You can block these requests. Yes, you read that right.  All those games you hate, Candy Crush, Sorority Mafia, Farm Heros, or Farmville (and more, like all of them) can be blocked.  This page actually offers several suggestions on how to block any and all game requests you get from friends.  Additionally, please understand that these games often send requests for the users, so your friends often don't even know that you are getting a request on their behalf.  So for those of you who think that your friends sit behind their dimly lit computer screen playing Candy Crush all day just for the pleasure of sending you annoying requests while laughing's not like that bro.  Just block them (the game, not your friends).

10. "Repost if you love Jesus".  Either you love Jesus or you don't but reposting poorly constructed memes won't get you into Heaven.  Promise.  And please don't misunderstand, I'm not blasting posts about Jesus or faith (not me, I love me some Jesus) only posts that say "Repost if you love God" or some variation.

BONUS: Why do people like sad statuses?  "I have a terrible toothache!" Like.  "My dog is missing." Like.  "My TV died."  Like.  "My mother passed away."  Like.  Are you kidding?  What exactly do you "like" about that?  Do you hate me?  Stop liking things that are generally considered universally awful.  Comment comforting words and move on.  Unless we are enemies (and I don't even have any) then you shouldn't like those things.  Rude.

And that's all she wrote folks, what are your pet peeves?

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I turned Sophia into my photographer.  She's more than happy to fill the role.  She takes a pretty good Instagram doesn't she?

I finally finished watching all of House on Netlfix.  Was anybody else disappointed in the last season?  It was missing a certain something that the other seasons had.  I know exactly what it is too, but I won't say because, spoilers.  I did like how they ended the show.  It was kind of perfect.

You know all those suggested posts on FB?  The one with the slide shows?  I love them.  I don't read all of them, but I do read a good percentage.  I don't know why, I just like them.

Speaking of other useless things, I freaking love infomercials.  I don't know why, but I always have.  Just ask my mom.  I never really begged her to buy any of those things (maybe a few, but not many) but I just love watching them.

Eric and I are searching for a new rental and we called a place we saw online and they told us to view it, like literally just to walk around the inside and see if we like it, we would have to send them copies of our ID's and proof of income.  I guess I can understand why they might want this info, but still.  That's a lot of work just to walk around the inside of one house for 10 minutes to see if we're even interested in filling out an application.  Pass.

Going back to TV shows on Netflix, if someone does tell me who A is soon I'm going to lose my mind!  A has already been like 10 different people and if the Pretty Little Liars want you to think it's one person you can almost definitely bet it's not.  Tell me who it is before I throw a rock at my TV!!  And yet I'll still tune in.  Every. Tuesday.  I can't help it.

Charter just "upped" my internet speed.  It's supposed to be twice as fast but instead I swear it's twice as slow.  I might need to get a rock to throw at my modem too.  I would never throw a rock at my precious laptop, but a piece of company issued crap?  Just one rock might not be enough.

I am straight up addicted to Groopdealz.  I literally can't even help it.  I posted about it on FB last week and I may or may not have gotten another friend hooked.  Whoops.

I could be an Auntie any day.  And I can't wait.  I'm gonna baby hog that kid like none other.

Sophia loves to photobomb.  Since there were no cell phones when Eric or I were kids, I'm not sure who she got it from.  However, considering I take approximately 437 selfies for every 1 that Eric takes, I'd have to say she probably gets it from me.

I don't know how many of you saw about this whole Comcast debacle, but it is seriously a train wreck in the most hilarious, embarrassing, and mind blowingly rude way you can possible imagine.  Like woah.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, July 21, 2014



Pleasing to the mind or senses.

I was challenged by my beautiful (and kind, sweet, and loving) friend Courtney to post five pictures that make me feel beautiful.  I decided to take this challenge to the blog.  Here goes.

Most of these are Instagrams.

I looooved my hair in this photo.  Curly hair (and the act of accomplishing fixing my hair) makes me feel beautiful.

Too bad it only lasted a few hours.

I love being Eric's wife.  He always makes me feel pretty.

I thought this was a cute selfie, but everyone told me that they really liked it. so that was nice.  

I love this picture of me and Eric.  The wonders of lip gloss.

These two are the reason I get up every morning.  The reason I go crazy.  The reason I am such a silly sap.  They are the most beautiful people in the world to me. They make me feel beautiful even when I'm a hot mess, because children don't see beauty in things as superficial as clothes or looks or hair.  They see it in an extra glass of chocolate milk, or a kiss on a boo boo, or an extra cookie when I'm not looking (that'd be from their father).  They don't care if I need to get my eyebrows waxed or if I "forget" to iron my clothes.  Or wash them.  Just kidding on that last one, I never wear dirty clothes.  They see beauty through love, mercy and forgiveness.  Children can teach us all the true definition of beauty.  Thank God for them.

Now, show me pictures that make you feel beautiful.  Leave me a link in the comments and I'll come say hi :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11