Month: December 2012

2012 in Review

2012 in Review

Last year I did a 2011 in Review in Pictures and I liked it so well I wanted to do it again. I’m so thankful that 2012 was a nice recovering year from all of the hurt, grief, and sickness in 2011. Although it did […]

Dress to Impress ~ Mikarose

Dress to Impress ~ Mikarose

Me attempting modelyesqueness! Is revamping your wardrobe on your New Years Resolution list? As a teenager and even as a newly wed I didn’t worry too much about fashion. Oh sure-I loved clothes but in Wyoming getting dressed up for a date meant wearing my […]

Make Up for New Years Eve ~ Julep Mascara

Make Up for New Years Eve ~ Julep Mascara

Christmas is over but the celebrating certainly isn’t and that means that great make up is just as important as ever! Although I gave you several secret beauty tips before Christmas I wanted to add in just a few more so that you will be looking your best to bring in the New Year!

Do you go out and party to ring in the New Year or do you cuddle up and have a cozy evening at home? As I mentioned yesterday we always just have a fun evening at the house to ring in the New Year, but as you also know that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get dressed up! What better way to start a New Year than by looking your best-even if it is just to clink a plastic glass of Pepsi with hubby?!

If you’re a long time reader you might remember that while I’m usually pretty easy going with most of my beauty regmine (other than my fussy skin) I am super duper picky about mascara–maybe because other than foundation I think it is the one makeup staple I just couldn’t live without. We’re talking, bring it to a desserted island kind of need it! Because of these things I’m always looking for the latest, greatest mascara! It needs to be full, non clumping, non flaking, not waterproof (I don’t like using heavy duty makeup remover daily) but long lasting. I know–I’m a hard taskmistress when it comes to mascara! Since I’m a Julep VIP Blogger (yey!) I recently was given the chance to try out 2 of their mascaras– Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara & Julep American Beauty Lengthening Mascara.

When I first pulled the wand out I was a little weirded out–why did it look like there were a bunch of eyelashes in my mascara??!! Looking more closely at the bottle I saw that it included micro-fiber applicator with lash lengthening ingredients–bascially you swipe it on and it makes your lashes lusher and fuller-kinda like fake lashes without all the fuss and bother–cool right?!

 

I’ve been using these both for a few weeks now and I really like them! As you can see they do make a big difference in making my lashes long, pretty, and “pop”! I like that it really doesn’t look “overdone” though. I like to have fun with makeup but I also want to avoid the “globbed it on by the buckets” look!

 

At $24 it is about the mid-range between box store mascara and the super fancy makeup counter kinds. Having tried a variety of both high dollar and super deal mascara I do think it’s worth the little bit of extra $$!

Try them out for yourself for a discount!!! Use Julep Discount Code: VIP20 to receive 20% off on purchases of $20 or more at Julep.com

These macaras look especially gorgeous when you’re trying to pull off the red lip look because it makes your eyes dramatic without having to use much eyeshadow. Although the mascaras are different I’ve found that they apply and feel very similiar, but my favorite is the Julep American Beauty Lengthening Mascara possibly because it came in black-which I like the best.

What is your makeup must have item that you just couldn’t live without? Is it mascara or something else? Let me know in the comments!

Nicole Elliott

New Years Food

New Years Food

So everyone always talks a lot about traditions and how they relate to Christmas but for us traditions extend beyond Christmas day. Growing up for New Years Eve we would always stay up till midnight playing board games. When it was almost midnight we would […]

Coffee Break ~ VidaCup

Coffee Break ~ VidaCup

I don’t know about you but as much as I love Christmas after all the crazy hustle and bustle is done I could use a Coffee Break! Although I’m more of a Starbucks kind of a girl, as you know,  I recently came across a […]

The Obnoxious Cow

The Obnoxious Cow

**Repost from 12/28/2011 Too funny not to share again–now that we’re staying with my Mom-in-Law jokes about this cow get thrown around often!!!

Update from 12/22/2015–I was not crazy, this toy made #4 on the worst toys for kids list***

I have always considered myself extremely lucky when it came to the set of in-laws that I am blessed with. I mean–when I announced to my MOPs table last year that I would be spending a month with them in Texas after my husband left the whole table got strangely quiet and looked at me as if I’d grown a second head or something. I just smiled and explained that my in-laws were fabulous and adored me.

This Christmas morning the kiddos were completely spoiled very blessed with the amount of toys Grandma and Grandpa sent them. These included everything from much needed clothes to bow holders and bows to the typical loud annoying plastic “payback for everything my son did to me while he was growing up” toys.

There was one particular toy that stood out among the rest–The Obnoxious Cow. This toy went beyond payback and into some other realm entirely. When you first glance at it you see a cute–if not a little crazed looking stuffed animal. Upon pressing the red circle on it’s hand the thing transforms. All of a sudden it starts this shrieking ear piercing Moo type noise…..to be shortly follow by the whole body convulsing as the shriek increases and it goes into hysterics.

Of course the kids thought it was beyond hilarious and kept pushing the hand over…and over….and over…and over

and over

and over

aannnddd ooovvveeerrrrr

I very quickly began to question my in-laws professed admiration of me. Maybe the month together on the way back across the country didn’t go as well as I had thought? In any event a mommy has got to do what a mommy has got to do.

Somehow, mysteriously and tragically the Obnoxious Cow got sick and lost his voice. The kids are hoping for a full recovery soon–while Mommy chuckles. I got the last laugh!

Have you ever received a crazy obnoxious or hilarious Christmas present? Let me know in the comments!

My Christmas Wish For You

My Christmas Wish For You

It’s not everything your heart desired, though I hope you receive one thing you wished for. It’s not for all being calm and bright, though I hope you get the chance to peek in at a loved one sleeping to witness a slice of this. […]

The First and the Last

The First and the Last

**Originally posted 12/25/2011** I’ve found that often in life the pivotal memories, as well as what will become your most cherished photos–the ones that you will go back and live over and that will bring a smile to your lips–are ones that you don’t realize […]

This Christmastime

This Christmastime

**Originally posted 12/24/2010**

For the first time in a very long time I am absolutely and entirely excited about Christmas this year! 2 years ago I wrote about What Christmas Meant To Me and the sacrifices that you sometimes make at Christmas. Last year I wrote about Finally Growing Up and how I had finally come to terms with our new lifestyle and Christmas.

This year I’m delighted to say that I can’t wait for Christmas. The thing that I am very most excited about is watching Amber open all her presents and have a wonderful time. I can’t wait to make sugar cookies with her on Christmas Eve and watch the Grinch and go out and play in the snow together. I can’t wait to go looking at Christmas lights and reading the Christmas story and having her open up her new Christmas jammies.
I can’t wait to see her face on Christmas morning when she sees all the presents under the tree along with the huge toy box Bob built. I can’t wait for her to go diving through her stocking and eat candy. I can’t wait for us to get messy as we decorate the toy box with hand prints, foot prints, glitter and paint. I can’t wait to see Tyler attempt to grab at the gifts and drool on his presents while he tries to stuff them all in his mouth. I can’t wait to find out what the present is that hubby stuck for me under the tree after I kept insisting I didn’t want/need anything this year.
I can’t wait to make our Christmas dinner and share it with just the four of us.
I can’t wait to watch my favorite Christmas movies on our new huge tv (hubbies Christmas present) snuggled up to hubby after the kids are in bed.
And I am just so thrilled that I’m finally excited about Christmas again-that we are finally coming up with our own traditions that Amber and Tyler will look back on happily some day!

Finally Growing Up

Finally Growing Up

**Originally posted 12/24/2009** There comes a time when you’ve just got to grow up. I think I’ve finally reached that point. I used to get so upset when things didn’t go perfectly and exactly as I had planned them, especially around the holidays. I loved […]