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Becoming Confident with Lipsticks

gaining confidence with lipsticks

Hello my lovelies! How are you all doing? We are approaching mid January which means it is getting closer to my birthday! Another year came and went so quickly. I wanted to do a post on how I gained confidence with wearing lipsticks.

So some background here, before I had my son almost 5 years ago, I hardly wore lipsticks. The most I would wear were lip products like tinted lip balms. And when I say tinted, I mean it was barely tinted. I had always felt that I did not look good with color on my lips, that I looked weird. I honestly thought I was just one of those girls who just couldn’t pull off lipsticks in general. Yet I always had this fascination, love, appreciation for lipsticks and for those who could pull it off.

After having my son, my time away from my son and husband, my ‘me time’ was spent at Ulta. Even if I didn’t buy anything, I loved to just take my time and browse all the beautiful makeup and skincare. During one of these visits, there was a worker who came to ask if I needed any help and that is when I started to talk to her about my love for lipsticks but that I never bought any and never wore them since I really didn’t think they looked good on me. She then told me something that was simple yet something that never crossed my mind.

Wearing lipstick was something I was not used to seeing on my face, and that I just needed to wear it everyday or often and that in time, I would grow and become accustomed to lipstick for my face.

That was how I was going to get the confidence to wear not only lipstick but also brighter and bolder colors. And that from there I would learn what type of lipsticks and colors I preferred. She helped me to pick out some lovely nude type lipsticks. I ended up buying Too Faced Spice Spice Baby La Creme Lipstick. And my journey with lipsticks began!

too faced and tarte lipsticks

The next lipstick I bought was Too Faced Melted in Chihuahua. This one took me a while to get used to. This was a lot more color.

I believe the next one I bought was Tarte Lippie Lingerie in Exposed. This was the next one I bought which became an absolute favorite in regards to matte type lipsticks. And it was just the right amount of color to still get used to seeing and using lipsticks. Around this time is when I started to really try and buy lipsticks.

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I have to say that I am glad I had talked to that one Ulta worker on that day. Something so simple that honestly makes sense yet I never even thought about.

To gain the confidence to wear lipsticks, you have to simply just start wearing them and getting used to seeing your face with color on your lips. 

I wanted to share this with you, the you who might still be unsure about lipsticks. The you who might love lipsticks like I did but never felt you could pull it off. It took me a long while to get used to wearing nude type lipsticks. From there I started to get used to seeing it on my lips. Then I started to buy a bit more bolder, brighter colors. Again it took some time to get used to it. And now, I hardly ever leave the house without some type of lipstick on my lips.

While I do tend to wear the same types of lipstick colors, or group of colors, it is because I am still working my way to wearing the many different shades of colors. Like your blue, bright reds, bright pinks, purples, etc.

I will get there and so will you!! And I am so excited to add to my collection below! I just received my order from Colourpop of 6 new colors of their Lux Velvet Blur line!!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and was able to take something away from it!!

Till next time!

~Mandy

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Oily Skin VS. Foundation: Products I use to make foundation last longer

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Hello my lovelies! I wanted to share with you all my go to techniques and products that help me to make my favorite foundations last all day.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional of any kind. This is what I have found to work with my very oily skin. Just because this worked for me doesn’t mean it will for you. These are my suggestions if you are looking for a new thing to try out. Ok on to the post!

Alright, so when I say last all day, what I mean for my extremely oily skin is that when I apply my makeup in the morning, I only have to blot once by the late afternoon and can keep rocking it with my foundation still looking like when I put it on in the morning.

Having oily skin is not easy. I have always had a hard time with a lot of makeup melting on my face because of the oil I produce. Over the years, I have tried many different products to find the right ones that work well with my skin type. Which means that I have also perfected my method of foundation application and what products to use. Also finding the right foundation that works for your skin really helps!

My goal here is that in the end, I am able to possibly help another oily skin sufferer with some tips and suggestions that they can try out for themselves. I know for me, that was something I was always looking for. And I was willing to try it if it meant it could work for me.

To start, I think that skincare (along with diet) is probably the most important in helping to find the right makeup products that work really well for your skin type. I am still perfecting my skin care (and diet), plus the fact that I am constantly changing up my skin care products. But taking good care of your skin, and keeping it hydrated and balanced is very important. I plan to do a post eventually on skin care products that I had the best results from. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in reading that!

Onto the products!

PRIMERS

rimmel stay matte primer

I am not a big primer type of girl. I don’t find that they really work well with my skin type. So while I love the idea of filling and covering up my big pores, I don’t like how greasy my skin ends up looking later on in the day. I have to give props to this primer though. This is RImmel London Stay Matte Primer and it really does work well to help control the oil. It feels great on the skin, helps to minimize pores, but the biggest is the shine control. I have tried so many different types of primers, from high to low end. This is my go to and for around $5.29, you really can’t beat that price. I guess it was just a matter of finding the right one.

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This is Bare Minerals Combo Control Primer and it retails for $26. I received this as a gift from my mother in law and overall I like it. When I use more heavier coverage foundations or those that aren’t quite ‘oil free’, I like to mix this with my foundation. I discovered that this worked well when I had some foundations that I loved the coverage it gave, but hated how oily my skin got after a couple hours. So since this was sitting in my makeup drawer I had the thought to combine them and see how it would turn out. I did try to use it directly on my skin, and it worked ok. It seemed to work better being mixed into my foundation prior to application.

Foundations

maybelline bare minerals foundation

I think the biggest challenge for oily skin, really any skin is to find the right foundation that really works for your skin and skin type. This is when subscriptions to Sephora’s Playbox and Ipsy came in handy. It also took a lot of research, recommendations, and trial and error to find those right foundations for me.

My NUMBER 1 foundation that I always buy and use the most is Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless. I have been using this since the year they launched it, around 2015 I think. Correct me if I am wrong. I believe they always had the Fit me out, but the Matte and Poreless came out around 2015/2016 and when I saw it, I knew I had to try it simply because it said Matte and Poreless. I am so glad I did, because it handled my oily skin so well! I truly highly recommend this foundation if you are my skin type. I also love the coverage on this, it isn’t too heavy, lightweight, so it gives that natural and even skin tone look which is my go to favorite look.

I also have listed Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Foundation and Bare Minerals barePRO Liquid Foundation. For Maybelline, I had bought this because of the reviews and recommendations, but ended up hating it at first since it just didn’t last long before my oils took over my face. This became my favorite when I discovered how well it worked when I mixed it with the Bare Minerals Combo Primer that I mentioned above. Something about those 2 together on my face works AMAZING! So now it became my go to for more full coverage looks. The Bare Minerals one I had a love/hate relationship with. It seemed to work really well for me when I used it not on a daily basis. I am not sure if that makes much sense, but I figured I would list it here since it is one of my go to foundations to use in between the other 2.

POWDERS

setting powders

I have 3 powders that I highly recommend! That is Colourpop No Filter Setting Powder, Laura Mercier Setting Powder, and Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder.

I have been using Innisfree No Sebum for a couple of years now, it is a product that I have repurchased several times and still love to this day! Just keep in mind that the Innisfree one is a white mineral powder, but I have not had any issues with it being a white powder and how it sits on my face. There wasn’t any white cast for me. But I figured I would point that out just in case it could be something you don’t prefer or like.

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*Screenshot from Amazon.com*

Laura Mercier powder is also very amazing and works really well in setting the face so I can understand all of the hype. And more recently I had bought Colourpop’s No Filter setting powder to try it out and I was not disappointed at all! It really did give a nice finish.

All 3 of these powder’s work really well with my oily skin type and are always in rotation of use for me.

Setting Sprays

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I feel like when it comes to setting sprays, I was the one crazy girl who just didn’t care for setting sprays. I know how much everyone LOVES Urban Decay’s different setting sprays, but honestly I never really felt that it did much for my overall makeup look or in helping it to last longer. But I never gave up, and I was still very willing to try out different sprays in hopes that maybe I would find one that really blew my mind.

Here comes Colourpop All Star Matte Setting Spray and Drew Barrymore’s Seal the Deal Long Lasting Setting Spray. These 2 so far have been the sprays that I felt and noticed a difference in how my makeup wears and lasts for the day. Plus they also have a pleasant smell to them, which for me I enjoy. Also the micro-spray on both of these are perfect!

A technique that I do differently then most, is that I like to do my eyeshadow, foundation, setting powder, blush and then I do setting spray before I do my liquid liner and mascara. I know for a lot of others, they tend to complete their whole look before setting their face with a spray. For me, I find that helps in regards to my oily lids with those products. I wanted to throw that out there!

SIDENOTE: I am very curious to try out her other products in her line (Flower Beauty). So that might become a post I do later on. Let me know if you are interested in that in the comments!

Alright! There you have it! These are some of the products that I have discovered and tried out. These are my go to products for my oily skin type that work really well in giving me a flawless, controlled look for the whole day. I hope that I was able to give some ideas on my tricks and also share some insight into some products you might not have known about.

Till next time!

~Mandy

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Beauty Skincare Favorites of 2018

Favorites of 2018

Hello my lovelies! How is everyone’s new year going so far? I know we are only a few days in, but so far I am really feeling that this is my year and it is going to be great!! I wanted to do a post about a few of my favorite beauty and skincare products that I really enjoyed and liked in the year 2018! While I have tried a lot of new products this past year, I only picked out a few that really stood out to me and became a must have in my routine! So onward to my favorites of 2018!

beauty and planet shampoo, conditioner, body wash

BEAUTY AND PLANET SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, BODY WASH

I absolutely love this brand. It does a really great job on cleaning my hair and conditioning. Plus the fact that their scents are amazing and very pleasant. I really enjoy the coconut water and mimosa flower scent the most, as you can see in the above picture. I posted about this brand on my Instagram over the holidays since Target had gift sets for sale. What I also love is that the company is trying to achieve very little carbon footprint as well as using organic ingredients. Check out Love Beauty and Planet’s website to learn more and if you are interested, Target  I know sells their products.

cherry blossom body lotion

On: The Body Cherry Blossom Nourishing Body Lotion

I received this body lotion during my few months of trying out Beauteque and their monthly subscription boxes. They offer 2 different subscription boxes, one of Korean beauty products and the second one of Korean masks. I did the k-beauty box and had received this lotion. This was back in 2017 I believe that I got it, but in 2018 I really started using it daily till it was all gone, so I included this in my 2018 favorites. The smell is very light and very pleasant! I can’t get enough of it. I really enjoy lotions that blend quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel sticky. You can check it out here!

 

Missha Safe Block, Caudalie, Mamonde

Next up is skincare. I have here Missha Sun Block Caudalie, and Mamonde Korean Skincare. I lumped these together because they fit in the same skincare category. When I decided to get back into skincare, I started to do some research. That is how I came across Caudalie. I love this brand and I really felt and seen a difference for my skin. I also don’t like to keep using the same skincare, so I tend to switch it up. By the end of the year, I by accident came across Mamonde at Ulta while I was shopping for family. I decided to try it even though I had no information on it. Well I am so glad I did. I love it! I highly recommend their oil cleanser! It is very hydrating which is perfect for winter time! I was concerned how it would do with my oily/combo skin, but honestly I didn’t see a different in my skin wearing that and makeup. Maybe I got lucky? And of course, I have reviewed this Korean sun block on my blog before! So check it out HERE!

 

 

Neogen Bio Peel and Skinfood Rice Cleansing Wipes

Next up is my favorite makeup cleansing wipes and peel pads. The Neogen Bio Peel Lemon Pads is a physical and chemical peel in one pad! It includes lactic acid, glycolic acid, lemon, orange, and papaya extracts. It helps to clear clogged pores while helping to fade acne scars with the vitamin c. Plus the pad also helps to get the dead skin off your face. I use this about 1 time per week, sometimes per 2 weeks. I highly recommend this product!! The Skinfood Rice Cleansing Wipes works really well to remove makeup and doesn’t make my skin feel tight or dry afterwards. I really enjoy using these on my lazy days. It is very gentle on my skin and also the smell is very light and pleasant! Might I point out that also you get 80 sheets for the price of around $12. Other brands tend to have around 25 sheets for around $8. So even the sheets to dollars is well worth it!!

 

 

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Lipsticks

These are my favorite and most used lipsticks of 2018! They are all different brands and style, but overall what I loved from all of these is the color was very flattering, it wears comfortably and makes for great everyday looks! If you want in depth reviews of my lipsticks, leave a comment!!

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Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

This is the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. I have been using this concealer for a long time, and it will probably always be in my favorites. This is affordable and does an amazing job covering my dark circles. What I really love most though is that is does not crease up in my fine lines or wrinkles. On days that I don’t want to wear foundation, I use this concealer on my imperfections around my face and put a little powder and done! Truly amazing!

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Maybelline Tattoo Studio and Line Stiletto

Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brown Gel and Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner are my top favorites for brow product and liquid liner. I have been using this liquid liner for several years. It is my go to because it is easy to apply to the lids and with my oily skin, it does not budge. I don’t have to apply eye primer and can simply just apply. The Tattoo Studio brow gel is bomb! I have tried so many different brow products, and I have to admit I am not the best with it, but this product has proven to be easy to apply, blends out amazingly, and stays put! So for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience doing brows, this has helped me a lot. And honestly the way it sits and looks once I am done makes me so happy!! Maybelline honestly makes so many products that I truly love!

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Maybelline Fit Me and Anastasia Stick Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation and Anastasia Stick Foundation. Both foundations work really well with my oily/combo skin. They blend very easily and sit very nicely, doesn’t feel sticky, and doesn’t make my skin look extra greasy. I go between these 2, depending on what I am getting ready for.

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Philosophy Ballet Rose Perfume

I have so many favorite perfumes, so when it came to picking 1, I chose the one that I tend to use the most on a daily basis. And Philosophy Ballet Rose Perfume is the winner! It is, as Philosophy states, ” inspired by the delicate scent of pink rose petals opening at first bloom, and the beautiful femininity of our best-selling amazing grace fragrance. This captivating new scent captures the quiet strength of a ballerina in a heart of delicate rose and peony, layered with sparkling lychee, and finished with woods and sheer ballet pink musk”. Check it out if you haven’t smelt this before.

Alright there you have it! This is my list of favorites for the year 2018. I know I didn’t include all of the categories for makeup or skincare, such as serums, eye creams, liners, etc. The reason for that is simply that I don’t have a favorite for those. I am still on the search to find them.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions! Don’t forget to check out and follow my Instagram and other blog posts!

~Mandy

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Colourpop Disney Designer – First Impression

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Hello my lovelies and Happy New Year!! We are now officially into the new year of 2019! I am super excited to see what this new year has in store, plus I have many plans for the new year as well. I would like to state that everything I bought from this company was picked out and paid for by me. These are my true and honest thoughts. So let’s get started!

I recently went on a binge on Colourpop Cosmetics website. Of course, I ordered everything at 3 different times, and now waiting for each package to arrive. I did receive 1 package from them which included 2 of the Disney Designer Lipsticks and their No Filter Loose Setting Powder. I bought 2 of the lipsticks they offered, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

When I discovered that Colourpop had these Disney Designer lipsticks and makeup, I flipped. I LOVE Disney, and my favorite Disney Princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Well of course, when I discovered it and wanted to buy, they were sold out. So, I waited for a while before they were finally available. Well, from I do know is that they have sold out before, so I could have gotten it earlier, but I forgot to check due to the holidays approaching and being so busy.

SIDENOTE: I love their website. The whole experience from buying to check out and to even tracking is amazing.

Anyways, so as you can tell, I finally was able to buy these lippies and I am SO HAPPY! They are absolutely beautiful and totally my color. I had thought about buying the whole collection, but I knew that in the end, the other colors were honestly not for me.

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First impression when I took it out of the mail package was how nicely designed the box was. I mean look at it! Once I was done admiring the box itself, I took out the lipstick and again was impressed with the feel and look for the lipstick. You can see the signatures of the different princesses. The lipstick itself does have a scent to it, but I don’t find it overpowering and actually quite pleasant. And once applied, I no longer could smell it.

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Screenshot taken off of Colourpop website

As you can see above in the screenshot, these lipsticks are a creamy-matte, long wearing lipstick and is infused with their LUX blend of hydrating butters. Ok, so let me start off by saying that since receiving these 2 lipsticks this past Monday, I completely agree with their statement. I have been wearing them every day to work. It is the perfect blend of creamy and matte, and incredibly hydrating on the lips. Honestly this is my perfect lipstick type! As for the claim on long lasting, yes honey! It is long lasting and even survived my eating and drinking of coffee and water with only a slight touchup once. Gotta love a lipstick that stays put and still looks good after 8 hours at work.

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COLOURPOP DISNEY DESIGNER- BELLE

First up is Belle. This lipstick color is listed as a rosy berry shade and I agree. It is a beautiful color and very flattering. I have been wearing this one the most so far. It is very pigmented and the perfect shade to add a pop of color to my usual basic look. And what it amazing about their lipsticks is that 1 application is enough and gives you full coverage the first time. But if you are like me, it might take a couple applications only because I can’t seem to flawlessly apply lipstick in one swipe.

Below is a swatch of both Belle and Ariel. Belle is on the left and Ariel is on the right. I feel these swatches don’t do them justice.

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Colourpop Disney Designer – Ariel

Here we have Ariel’s color which is listed as a peachy beige nude and I would agree. It is a stunning color and perfect for an everyday look. I have only worn this about twice and everything matches in consistency, pigment, application, smell, as the Belle one. It is just a different color. I actually plan to wear it tonight when I go to work.

When I am not wearing colors like Belle, I tend to wear more toned down nudes like this one. Which is why I had to buy these two lipsticks. I am extremely satisfied with Colourpop and their lipsticks for the Disney Designer Collection. I know I didn’t buy or try the other colors, but I am pretty certain it will be very similar to these, just a different color.

I did buy the Disney eyeshadow pallet and it did come in today. So I am going to be playing with that to see what my overall thoughts are on that. So far from the couple of swatches, the colors and pigments look amazing! I also did buy the lip gloss in the Color Boo which will be arriving in another box. So I will probably review those 2 together.

I did also buy several other products from Colourpop to try out. Like I said in the beginning of this post, I have never really tried Colourpop or their products, and based on the many reviews, and even my experience with 2 of their Lux lipsticks, I have to say I am excited to try them out and see how they hold up to my oily face!! So stay tuned for that!

I hope everyone is having an amazing start to the new year. Please stay safe and healthy! Till next time!

~Mandy

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Life · lifestyle

New Years Resolution 2019

New Years resolution

We are now just 3 days away from the new year and I am excited! This year, while it had its great moments, is a year I am ready to let go and move on from. So my question to you all is what are your resolutions or goals for the year 2019?

I have been doing a lot of thinking on this and I have figured it out. I have to admit, I am one of those people who don’t really make new year resolutions simply because I never remember to do it. Maybe 30 is the year to make changes! So here we go!

My goals for the year 2019:

  1. Dedicate more time for myself. I am going to be trying out something that I have always wanted to learn to do and that is Archery. So come January, I plan to sign myself up for lessons. Besides that though, I am making it my goal to really focus on myself, my needs, and my happiness.
  2. To get healthy! As I have mentioned in my other blog post before this one, I mentioned how I started to take the time to try to eat healthy, and to also do yoga and exercise. Well of course it is easier said then done, and I have started, but my goal for the new year is to really not give and to devote myself to really doing those 3 things.
  3. Devote more time to my blog and Instagram. This is something that is challenging and I find a lot of happiness doing.
  4. Read more! I love reading, but have used the excuse of not having the time for it. Well my goal is to read at least 1 book a month! And if I can fit more, even better!
  5. Legoland and Korea! Ok so this is not really centered on me personally, but more so a goal for my family and I to do in the new year. My goal along with my husband is to really budget and save money to be able to take our son to Legoland, but also for my mom and me to go back to South Korea to visit my family there who I have seen since 1996. We never had enough money growing up to ever go back once we moved back to the states. I want to see my grandmother and also be there for my cousin’s wedding.

I think this is a good starting point and good goals for the new year. Maybe I am taking on too much, but I have already started making small steps. I want to fully commit and make these changes in the new year.

We only get 1 chance in this life and I want to be around for as long as I can. And while I am living my life, I want to make it the happiest life. So let us make new goals for 2019 and take the new year head on!

Happy New Year lovelies!!

~Mandy

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Being a wife and mom while working 3rd shifts

Balancing life as a mom working 3rd shift

Hello lovelies! I have often been asked how I manage to run my household, fill the needs for my family while working nights. The comment I get often at the end is “I don’t know how you do it, your super mom!” and I always say, “no, I’m really not. You do what you have to do”. And I believe that. When the time came after being home with my son for 2 years, I knew it was time for me to go back to work, to find a job. I knew we needed the extra money to help get us into a better financial situation, and honestly, I was ready to go back to working. But it wasn’t easy for me to let go of my son. And the one thing I found was the crazy price for daycare out here in the PNW. I just couldn’t let my son go to daycare (first child fears kicking in) even though I was ready to work let alone pay over $300 a week. So naturally, I started looking for work at night. While I have to admit, being called super mom made me feel great despite how exhausted and drained I was, it never really sat well with me. I am not able to do this without the help and support of my husband. While he does work long hours during the day, and we never get to see each other except in passing between our 2 shifts, we always made sure to communicate and to remember that this isn’t forever. That with each passing day we are one step closer to where we want to be. And once we get there, we will be able to enjoy our time. And when my husband was at home, he always made sure to help out and do his share if not more.

So while I have been doing this crazy schedule now for 2 1/2 years, there was a lot I needed to learn and figure out to make this work for not only my husband and our son, but for me as well. And that is what I am going to share with you all.

Please note, that these are just things that help me out. I am not a professional in anyway.

sleep

Finding the right schedule to get as much sleep as possible. What I did was, as my son grew and his sleeping patterns changed, I learned to adapt to that to optimize my sleep. Before he was in preschool, and my husband would come home in the early afternoon, I was able to go to bed after dinner and take a nap after work at 8am because my son would sleep till about 10 a.m. Of course, our schedules have since changed and I had to adapt.

eat healthy

Eating a balanced meal. This is SO hard for me sometimes, especially with my schedule. It is so much easier to take frozen dinner or eat junk throughout my shift at work. We are a snack eating family. We love to snack and enjoy junk food at times. But with my fertility issues, and my lifestyle being that I work 3rds, I knew that if I couldn’t get the proper 8 hours of sleep, I needed to at least eat healthy and take my vitamins. This is still a work in progress, but we have been making the steps to cut out most of the junk and really watch what we eat.

water

Drinking lots of water. I say this because I know how easy it is to forgo the water for lots and lots of caffeine. I don’t particularly buy other types of drinks, except for the usual apply/orange and milk. So our go to is always water. It is hard to drink those 8 cups of water a day sometimes for me, but when I am at work, I make sure to drink extra water that I missed that day. It really helps to not buy other types of drinks and make water the only drink of choice besides tea and coffee.

excercise

Lift some weights and get to running! Something that took me a while to get myself to do but I am finally doing it. Working 3rds and having a family is exhausting, and it is so easy to want to do nothing and become sedentary. I use the time my son is in preschool 3 days a week to hit the gym for a quick 30 minute workout. You have to start somewhere, and for me 30 minutes is a great starting point. I do some weight lifting for my muscles, then I hit a cardio machine afterwards, or switch it up. I have even starting doing yoga as a way to balance my mind and body while getting the stretch it needs. Don’t worry about how long or how much you start off at, if you haven’t exercised in a long time, like me, then the simple fact that you are trying and starting is way better then where you were before. And once you get yourself going for a while, you can adjust your workout.

outdoors

Get Outdoors! I feel so fortunate to live in the PNW with it’s amazing nature and mountains. I mainly try to do trails or hikes on my days off with my husband and son. It allows us to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and spend time together. Plus I find it to be a great stress reliever while outside taking in the beautiful fresh air and scenery.

trips

Road trip!! Now this is something that we don’t get to do often enough, but we try to do when we have the time and money. I work for a hotel chain so we have the perks of my employee rates which helps, but even if it is somewhere more local or a few hours away, we try to make time to do a trip and be tourists. I love trying out new cities, areas, places. It gives me something new to experience outside of my own city and area. And it doesn’t have to be costly. Even day trips are something we do often as well! Plus a little research can help you plan and find cheap if not free events/activities.

books

What are you reading now? I have always had a strong love for reading books, since I was young. Of course, once I had my son, my priorities have shifted and I have less time to devote to reading and staying up late to read a good book. But I don’t let my lack of time stop me from reading. When I have a night off, I enjoy taking a bath with a glass of wine and reading a book or listening to podcasts. My husband prefers audiobooks, and used to listen to them a lot more when his job used to keep him on the road all the time. Utilize your public library. If you have an account to your library, check out the books or even use their online audiobook collection to listen to them. That’s what we love to use! Reading really keeps your mind and imagination working.

happiness

I do believe that a part of living a happy life is to find things you enjoy. Whether it is baking, scrapbooking, reading, painting, sports, etc. find what it is and do it! I had picked up scrapbooking in college and I found that it actually calms me and I truly enjoy it. What I plan on doing next year is start taking archery lessons here. I have always wanted to do it growing up, but never had the opportunity back home. It is never too late to try something new!! Starting this blog was another thing that I found I enjoyed putting my time into. Do what makes you happy and calms you. It will help to destress from the craziness that is life.

caffeine

Coffee please! I LOVE coffee. I love the smell, the taste and the comfort that it gives me. And give me a cute mug and I am all set! Of course you don’t want to over indulge in caffeine, but a few cups a day is alright in my book! Hahaha!

I know this isn’t ideal, and yeah I am extrememly exhausted from taking care of my son and home all day once I get home from work, sleep for a couple hours when my son goes to bed, and the wake up by 10p.m. to go to work for 8 plus hours, only to start the routine all over again the next day.

I hope you found this helpful. This are just some of the things that I have learned to incorporate into my life to help me juggle the job that I have while taking care of my family with my husband. I hope this helps you out and you can take something from this. This doesn’t only pertain to those who work 3rd shift or juggling a family. This is something that everyone can take and use for their life.

I have been trying to also step up my blogging game. I hope you enjoy all of my little pictures with words that I put together. Let me know if you have any questions or want me to talk about anything!!

Till next time! Happy New Year everyone!

~Mandy

thanks for reading

lifestyle

Surface Pro 6

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Hello my lovelies! How are you all doing during this holiday season? I honestly cannot believe how fast this year has gone by! Thanksgiving took me by surprise and next thing I knew it came and went without me being prepared and now it is almost Christmas. Yet despite all of that, I LOVE the holiday season and I truly enjoy shopping and gift giving. And while it is fun to think of clever gifts to get family and friends, sometimes you have to think about yourself. Well, this year it was more along the lines of my husband really surprising me with a gift I had been talking about this year. Which is the Surface Pro!!! The last time I had bought a computer/laptop was back when I was in college around the year 2010. It did it’s job well until it needed to be replaced, that’s when my in laws bought me a basic laptop for Christmas about 3-4 years ago. It was enough for me to do the basics that I needed on a laptop, and for me then, it was more then enough. Now that my son is older, I became more involved within my local Buddhist organization, volunteering, working, and starting a blog, I wanted something better and easier to take with me on the go. And for me, it was the Surface Pro.

Now I have to put it out there that I am not super tech savvy and I don’t know a lot of the lingo and specs. But I figured I would write my thoughts on it as a busy mother trying to get back into things. My husband got this for me as an early Christmas gift, and once I found out (the package arrived while I was home) I knew I couldn’t wait. He had ordered it from Microsoft’s website around black Friday time.

Might I add that I am excited to really give this a test and see everything I can do with this tablet pc, in my everyday life but also for my online blog!!

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Upon opening the box it came in, it came packaged as you saw above. I received the Surface Pro 6 along with the Type Cover in black soft touch. My impressions as I took it out and set it up was how sleek it looked. The feel of the rounded edges and the textured back was nice. The kickstand on the back is the best. Doing some research I saw mentioned the battery life being an upgrade from its previous versions. I have to say that, while I have never had the previous ones, the battery life does last a long time. When I was busy last week, I was going on my Surface Pro intermittingly and the battery lasted 3 and a half days before I had to charge it again. I have yet to test it out on a more longer term yet. So once I do, I will give an update.

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Onto the Type Cover. It is the standard black soft touch as you see pictured. There is a magnetic snap that connects with the tablet to hold it in place. And when you are done using it, you can fold it up and it helps to protect the screen of the Surface Pro which is great. The type cover has a backlight which helps if you were using it in the dark and for me, it types and feels great. I really enjoy this keyboard. My plans are to buy a cover for the keyboard to give it some extra protection, since I do have a 4 year at home and I can sometimes be clumsy. So once I get that and try it out for a little while, I will make a post about that.

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So while I cannot give the internal specs on this Surface Pro 6, and how well it manages and works. For what I need it to do and perform, it works amazing and I love how easy it is to carry around and use. My plan is to do a follow up post in the future on the update of my thoughts on this tablet pc, along with some of the extras that you can buy for it. I plan to buy a type cover cover, either a skin or cover for the tablet, the pen, and the arc touch mouse from Microsoft. So once I do, and give it some uses, expect an update!!

I hope you enjoyed my simple post on this Surface Pro 6. Let me know if you use one, and what your thoughts are!! Any extras I should try out??

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I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!!

~Mandy