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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.

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!



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!


Puppy Time!


Have you ever seen two more adorable faces?  I just had to share them, they’re sitting here while I’m working on my latest project, and I’m so thankful to have these little cuties. It’s a little chilly outside, and so they’re cuddling.

Here are a few more to brighten your day:






Hello World!


Breaking News: I am now a blogger!

Fair Warning: There will be many a picture of my puppies, makeup, crafty endeavors, and general mishaps. Thank you for taking the time to come see me!

I have started by blog up again in hopes of letting my family and friends know what I am up to in my life, and to let everyone else I don’t know see who I am and what I do! It’s a little bit of a risk putting myself out there on the internet, and I’m happy for your support and love.

Thank you!

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