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June Favorites 2014

Another month hits the dust!

When I saw all your incredible responses to my “What’s in my Bag?” post, I decided to keep with that and show you what my favorites for the month are. They will be products, music, clothing, decor, or anything that I’ve really loved throughout the month. Ready?

s1586007-main-LheroThis is the prettiest perfume! It’s combination is so unique and fresh-I just love it. I also love how not everyone and their grandmother is wearing it quite yet. Notes: Apple, Watermelon, Lemon, Calypsone, Frangipani, Ylang- Ylang, Rose Petals, Freesia, Creamy Lactones, Blonde Woods, Musk, Amber, Nirvanolide. Tocca-Simone Fragrance 



These shoes. You may think your judgmental friends will be thinking, “Do you tow your boat around town with you as an excuse to wear those shoes?” But no, they will-in reality-be awed by your impeccable style. It’s summer, and boat shoes are a classic accessory. Nautical is in, right? Wear with a pair of skinnies and breezy top this summer! Sperry Top-Siders




A Smash journal. This is pretty much the most ingenious way to scrapbook ever. Perfect for the lazy person who wants to keep memories. Each journal comes with a double sided pen/gluestick so you can just “smash” your pictures/recipes/love notes/pressed pennies/travel brochures/etc. I love it. Smash Notebook



I love Mary Kay in general, but this mini compact is PERFECT for my quick essentials. I love having everything I need right at my fingertips. Great for travel, too!  But because I have full sized makeup brushes I use on a regular basis, I like to use glue dots to keep extra product in the bottom where those mini brushes are normally kept. Right now I have Spun Silk, Hazelnut, Rose Gold eyeshadow, Strawberry Fields Blush in the top pan, and I have put Ivory 1 Pressed Powder in the bottom with a glue dot to keep it down.  Mary Kay Mini Compact



Oh, how these make me think of my grade school aspirations to become a famous detective! Nancy drew is just the light, nostalgic read I needed this month, and I loved thinking of all the times I sat and used to read them cover to cover. Some things just never get old. The Secret of the Old Clock


What are your June Favorites?

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Some of you may have heard of this book, or seen it on the shelves the past decade or so, and I remember trying to read this when I was in High School.


Obviously, I didn’t get far. The first task is to draw a face, and it invites you to try to draw yours. I tried… and am ashamed… So here is the picture of my chair, of which I am proud of.

I’m resolving to be a better communicator, and being a visual person myself, I feel being able to really sketch, draw, or write things out helps me collect and focus. I’d also like to be able to draw something when my kids ask me to someday. You know how they come up to you and ask if you can draw something so they can color it? Oh, ya. It rocked. My dad was the best artist!

As I go through this book, I invite you to as well. I’m going to do a little bit every day, and share periodically what I’ve drawn. You don’t have to go at the same pace, or even this year, but as aspects of it are used in all kinds of seminars, I think it’s a worthwhile thing do do and keep your mind and fingers busy.

Feel free to share yours with me!

Jouer Cosmetics


I have to talk about something. Because, you know… I just want to help another girl out. This company has turned my makeup routine into like, 5 minutes. It’s sooooo easy. All the colors multitask, and guess what else? They SNAP TOGETHER. LIKE LEGOS. BUT FOR MAKEUP.

They’re also very sheer, wearable shades, so you don’t have to worry about caking it on, or looking too overdone. I love this brand! Very compact, and if you want to slide off the powder to keep in your purse with a cute little brush, you can do that very easily. I’ve been very impressed with how easy these are to use.

I like to snap some of the littles back to back, so here’s what I have in my purse right now!

Jouer Age Repairing Concealer in 3.5 Neutral

Jouer Highlighter in Camilla

Jouer Lip and Cheek Tint in Petal

Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Almond


I’ve also noticed the concealer can be used over powder for touchups, the highlighter can be used as eyeshadow very nicely, the tints aren’t really long-wearing, but they’re not overly drying like some are, either. The eyeshadow is a BEAUTIFUL matte shade that works in the crease or as a blending shade, so you can still use to tone down or blend out some other colors. I use the almond shade as a bronzer for my face as well.

I HIGHLY recommend this brand to people unfamiliar with makeup, but still want to look naturally a little prettier. But for those of us who like makeup, this is perfect every-day material.

Hope this helps!

C.M. Russell

The Jerk Line   “The Jerk Line” C. M. Russell 1870h   “Fireboat” C. M. Russell The hold up     “The Holdup” C. M. Russell

When we were in Great Falls, MT, I got the pleasure of seeing the C. M. Russell Museum.  I hadn’t heard of him at all, but quickly found his works to be beautiful. Now, I’m not much of a western lover by any means, guns and horses just aren’t my thing. I prefer to educate myself about the early American industrial age, riverboats, steam engines, cotton gin, that sort of thing. But the life he brought to an almost untouched land, with a noble people who lived lightly off it, or maybe even in conjunction with it, was fascinating. Here is an excerpt of his life: (From the C.M. Russell Museum website) This was one of the most interesting museums I’d come across. Great Falls is a beautiful place in general. Nicknamed the “Electric City” originally for the five hydroelectric dams located there (still there, btw), also known as the five “great falls” Merriweather Lewis and William Clark navigated around during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


Russell’s Studio, located in rear of CMR Museum.

All in all, this was such a wonderful experience! I really think anyone appreciating American history and art lovers alike would really love this place.

Life Update: It’s been too long!

Well, I have finally unpacked my luggage, so it’s about time to get back to this lil’ baby of mine, right? I thought so too.


Now that I’m back and running, it’s work, food, sleep, puppies! All day, everyday, that’s how we do! Work has been a little more hectic than usual, and I think it’s just because of how awesome vacation was, so our lives just don’t measure up to the constant activity of being with and enjoying family and friends.

My little sister got married, we went to West Glacier, MT, and so much happened! I with I could just keep up with it all. I took my camera with me for the express purpose of blogging, and was just so busy, I didn’t find time to keep up with it. I did manage, however to snag these little fossil beauties at a local thrift store for…. wait for it… $16.00 total! Woo Hoo!


So: some quick favorites!

This book .

This post (it’s about hair! Really easy beachy waves, to be specific).

This travel pillow for flying.

This park.

These jeans.


Happy Wednesday!

West Glacier, MT



Can we just talk about a beautiful place? My hubby and I just got back from Montana, and had the most wonderful time! I ate out a lot more than I should have, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Here are just a few of the lovely pictures from the trip!



I was more fascinated by blue and purple rocks than I probably should have, but come on! How cool is that!?

100_0916And these are the cute little buses that live at the Lake McDonald lodge in Glacier National Park. How awesome are these!



Taco Night!

Well, I’m sure you are all jealous of this deliciousness. 20140501-123442.jpg Now: Recipes.

Tortillas: serves 2 really hungry people. ~2c White Flour ~1/2c Crisco (or other hydrogenated fat) ~1tsp Salt ~1/2c Warm Water

Mix the Flour, Crisco, and Salt together in mixing bowl. Add warm water and mix until the mixture becomes a dough (if the 1/2 c water doesn’t do it, add 1Tbs at a time and mix well). Form into 1/2 palm-sized circles, then roll flat. Warm cast-iron pan to Medium, and lightly spray with non-stick spray. Place tortilla in pan, giving each side 30 seconds, or as needed. Take tortillas and place in clean linen towel until served. Leftovers can be kept in a sealed plastic bag for up to a week.

Taco Meat: Guys, I’m not gonna lie, this is gonna be a little… vague. Brad normally does this part, but even when I do it, it’s just up to how it smells and taste as to when it’s done. I’m afraid this will be one of the tastiest experiments you’ll have. But remember: Less is More.

~2 lbs Ground Meat ~15oz Can of Tomato Sauce ~1/2 tsp Chili Powder ~1/4 tsp Ground Cumin ~1/4 tsp Garlic Powder ~1/4 tsp Paprika ~1/2 tsp Onion Salt ~Jalapeño Seeds (optional)

Brown meat in pan, then drain. Add about 1/2-3/4 can of sauce. Add more or less of all spices and seeds, according to taste. Garnish with favorite taco toppings, and eat immediately! Let me know how this works out for you!

Quick Reads

Want a look at what I’m reading? Here!



My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers-EXCELLENT daily devotional. I think by this time, most people should have copies, and if you want, you can read through it with me! Oswald Chambers is an incredible author. The pages are so short, but so full of phrases that capture your attention, and continue to stick with you.

The Nazi Doctors by Robert J. Lifton– I started this book when I was phone-sitting in my COL’s office several years ago. Being a family practice doctor-I asked him how he came to read the book, and he said it was one he’d kept from college and reread periodically, as WWII was one of his favorite eras. He leant it to me, and I read the first part before returning it (it’s not very fast-paced, and I didn’t want to keep it forever). The thought stuck with me however, and I tracked it down and began reading it again.
It’s a book about a man who in the 70’s went back to revisit the Holocaust doctors and what they said/thought of their work upon years of reflection. It’s interesting to see how the doctors thought about what they did. Half of them still believe they did a favor for society, and the other half just wanted to talk-to justify their actions. It’s worth a read, if you’ve got the time.

Six Years by Harlen Coben-I read the back of this in WalGreens, and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s about a man who gives up his first love at her own wedding, making him promise to not contact her again. Years later, he sees her husband’s obituary in the papers, and goes to his funeral only to discover…. *drum roll* She’s not the wife.
It only took me the evening to sit down and read this cover to cover. Very fast-paced and a good time killer if you’ve got a long flight coming up.

French Pressed by Cleo Coyle– This is part of the CUTEST coffee shop mystery series ever. This one is about the 6th one in, and I can’t get enough of them. Also very fast paced and relatively short, if you’re interested.

Stash Tea Lemon and White Decaf Tea-nice, light lemon-y tea. I highly suggest it (hot or cold) for all the spring/summer festivities!

Read on!

Anthem Lights


Ya know those catchy tunes?
How about those catchy tunes your favorite bands cover? Yep. Here it is.


I think it’s incredibly intriguing  to think about putting words to a city about to be destroyed. And the question, “How am I gonna be an optimist about this?” Would I even think that? Probably not. I think it gives such an interesting look at what our thoughts about our dying world are.

What’s In My Bag?

Now it is time to further astound and impress you with my lack of privacy by:

1) Putting myself out on the internet (see previous posts), and more immediately,

2)Showing you what is currently in my bag.

I remember trying to get into my mother’s purse for some change once, when I was about 13. I can’t really remember wanting anything previous to that time, so I don’t think I had run into this barricade before. So I just reached down and grabbed it while she was talking to one of her friends. She immediately slapped my hand and took her purse back. I have since learned it is not polite to look in your mother’s handbag (or anyone else’s, for that matter).

But admit it. You want to know. I know this because it’s quite a popular thing to search for, how to pack a suitcase, handy essentials, etc. My favorite blog also just did a post about this yesterday, and I was sort of bummed they got to this before I did. It’s like we were on the same wavelength.

We also read reviews of products all the time to see what’s worth our time to try out and our money to buy. This is like a mini-review, free of charge! Not just that-you’re getting an inside look at ME! Because, you always know a woman by what she carries in her purse, no? Let’s dig in.


Clockwise from top right: Camelbak water bottle for hydration. I’ve been trying to drink more water, and the easiest way to do that is carry it with you. My favorite water bottle is a Kor Aura, but since mine doesn’t fit in here at the moment… I got this lil guy.

A mini bag which contains: some Mellow Moments Stash tea, Equal, safety pins, hair ties, mini pocket knife, mini nail file, headphones, tweezers, compact mirror, gum, fragrance samples,Tide-to-go-pen, Origins Peace of Mind ™ headache cream, EOS lotion, blotting paper and some concealer.

A book (Yes, I am actually reading this-it’s a favorite of mine. Man of la Mancha is also one of my favorite movies),

Blue Q Painkillers tin since I always carry Asprin, Tylenol, Dramamine, and Pepto tablets (normally there’s some other herbal tea in there as well).

Pentax Q for photos since I’ve been trying to take more memories captive. Sounds intriguing when said that way, huh? This blog will probably help me use it more.

Vinnie’s tampon case (WAHT?! They’re good to have around! I also keep tissues or Summer’s Eve Towelettes in case the fine establishment I’m visiting has a general lack of toilet paper in my stall). Moving on….

Fossil Sydney Satchel- the hardware for the strap broke, so now it’s just a hand carry bag 🙁

Fossil Sydney Multifunction Wallet-the zipper also runs, so if you have any cute bag or wallet recommendations, I might have to make an exchange soon. Bah.

Target sunnies,

Cinderella phone case (from my mommy) and I have an iPhone.

Jouer Lipgloss in wind, and Lip enhancer (my favorite lippies).

AND…. last but not least, a notebook and pen for all my inspired ideas.

I also just noticed it all matches, so I must like carrying things in the same general color. Nice.

Well, now time for you all to dig into yours. A little version of spring cleaning maybe? I’d love to hear about a few staples that you carry!


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