Swim into Beauty

Sorry I am so late on this.  Here lately I get home and all I want to do is sleep, I am so tired all the time.  But camp keeps me busy.

Today I have for you the June Ipsy Glam bag.  This month is all about summer beauty and swimming!  YAY!  Below is what I received in my bag.

J.Cat Beauty Lipitude Hydrating Lip Stain  – Full Size at $5.99

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer- Sample Size $9.00

Lavanilla Laboratories The healthy body butter in Pure Vanilla- Sample Size

Aurora Intensive Eyeliner Pen in the color Blackberry- Full Size$7.99

tre’STiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in the color Kona Coffee- Full Size $10.66

Overall I was extremely pleased with my bag this month.  I am getting a lot of use out of all of these products.  I am loving the primer from smashbox, I am obsessed with the eyeliner, and the body butter.   I could do without the lip stain, its just not my color, and the shadow crayon is a great base.


South Side

This song gets me every time.  I love this song, it is just so catchy, and easy to listen to!  Give it a listen and let me know what you think?!

Say Yes

So I recently picked up a birchbox box to see what all of the hype is about.  Tati, from GlamLifeGuru had this deal with the company that you could get a box for $1.  Yep that’s right, $1.  So I scooped up the deal right away.

I am kind of up in the air about it to be honest with you.  This is what I received in my June Birch box:

Catherine Malandrino Style De Paris parfume

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner

Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect

Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology

Bonus Item: L Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder

I am sorry that I don’t have any photos for this post, I ran out of time to get them all taken and uploaded.

I really like the BB Cream and the Eyeliner.  I love to the Comb prep and protect.  And I absolutely love the pony holder.

I will give this another shot to see whether I really want to keep getting this box or not.  If I do, I am considering doing an Ipsy VS Birchbox, what are your thoughts, or do you want them to remain separate?

Coming out

This isn’t what I had planned to share with you but after watching this I fell the need to share this with you.

Ingrid Nilsen is one of the most inspiring people to me.  We all know that I am a youtube junkie.  I look forward to each and everyone of her videos.  She is the most beautiful, inspiring and most well put together person I know.  She has been in inspiration for many of the things that I have accomplished in my life this far.

Yesterday she posted this video.

I had no idea what it was about.  I saw that she had posted a video and I clicked on it to watch.  Before I get into this, I must tell you that most of my friends are gay, in one way or another.  No gay happy, but Gay LGBT.  Being around people that are gay does not bother me on bit.

I had no idea, until her video.  I am so happy for her that she is finally out.  I could see the stress she has been under build up over the past several years and when she finally just said it yesterday, I could see the stress falling off.  It is never easy to tell people something that intimate about you.  I went through something similar.  We all go through phases.  I dated a girl in high school and we kept it from just about everyone, parents included, except for our closest friends.  We did that because we weren’t sure if it was a phase or if we really were gay.  It turned out to be a phase for me, her, not so much.  And she is now happily married to her partner.  But when my mother found out and questioned me about it, I was terrified.  My parents are a bit on the older side, so I was harder for them to except my experimentation.

I completely understand why she battled with it.  People are mean, its just their nature.  If something is out of the norm, its hard for people to accept.

Ingrid, if you are reading this, which if you are, please leave me a comment, I would love to get in touch with you.  I am so happy for you, and I don’t want to you to get discouraged.  People are in shock and are in a society where homosexuality is new and a growing trend.  Just remember that there are people out there that truly support you.  I am one of them.  Your journey is just beginning, and it will not be an easy one, but just remember that you did not choose this path, it chose you.  You are such a positive person and a role model.  We are the same age, in two different parts of the country, but I will always be there for you supporting you.  Stay positive.  You go Girl!


A  Day late, but o well.  I am so sorry.  I am considering writing all of my posts on Sunday and scheduling them for the week.  Would anyone be opposed to that?

Today, I am sharing with you one of my favorite bands to listen to when I just want to give up.  Last week was extremely stressful.  When I feel overwhelmed I immediately start listening to my “angry music”.  Basically anything that I can bang my head to and be in a mosh pit.  I turn on my ipod, plug in headphones and blow up the volume, until I get lost in the music.  .

Killpop was released on Slipknot’s most recent album .5 The Grey Chapter.  In an interview the group did with Octane radio this particular song is about the music industry.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think?  What kind of music do you listen to when you get overwhelmed or stressed?  What helps you out?  Would you be opposed to me temporarily scheduling my posts, for the summer?

Long Time….No Words

I am sorry that I have not been able to write in two weeks.  I have been extremely busy here in the last few weeks.  An explanation is in order.

As some of you may know I work for a YMCA and I was chosen to be the Camp Director.  The last few weeks have been filled with planning, hiring and training.  Monday was our first day on camp.

Things are hit and miss.  We got rain and cold weather on day one, which in my book, doesn’t really count.  Last year their camp consisted of swimming, free time and more swimming and free time.  This year we are changing this up.  Most parents have accepted out new way of thinking.  The kids weren’t too happy with it at first, but now that they have been exposed to new ideas and games, they are all gung-ho. Most Parents weren’t thrilled about he new paper work, but with merging companies comes new policies and procedures.  After we explained the new papers they were a little more understanding about the change.

Friday was great.  Parents were calling and telling us just how happy and impressed they were with the first week of camp.  Their kids would come home and talk about their days and the things they did and then pass out at bed time.  When I heard about that I was elated.  My work has paid off.  Parent’s are finally happy with the camp program.

My goal this year was to have 50 children signed up.  My boss didn’t expect more than 20.  After collecting all of the new paperwork from campers that didn’t register in advance, we have 70 campers registered, and no less than 50 each week.  I am flabbergasted.  Seriously stunned.  Its pretty much split down the middle, 50% returning campers and 50% new campers.  I couldn’t be happier.

Thursday night I ended up with whatever is going around.  Everyone I am surrounded with has it.  So, yes I am sick once again.

My goal is to keep up with my uploading schedule as it stands now, but I cannot guarantee content everyday, as I am a very busy woman this summer.  I have so much that I want to share with you and I apologize for not getting anything posted for the last two weeks.

90s throwback

I was in the car this morning driving to work listening to Lithium, and it hits me.  I really miss having the 90s grunge music around.  They were playing some of my favorites this morning. I was so jamming out to it all.  Below I have shared some of what I was listening to.  I love this station.  I know that Sirius XM isn’t cheap, but the music is totally worth it!

Give them a listen.  Tell me what your favorite 90s jam is!

weight loss roller coaster

So I have officially hit my first uphill battle with my weight loss journey.  I have gained almost two pounds this week.  And when I look back at everything that I have eaten over the past week, it really doesn’t surprise me one bit.

This past week has been extremely busy to say the least.  The issue is that when my schedule gets insane, my eating  habits go out the window and its back to eating out of a greasy bag.  This is a habit that I have to fix, no questions asked.

Here has been the bad food I have eaten in the last week.  Friday my sister and I went out shopping for stuff for a wedding we were at on saturday, so that means that we went out to eat.  We went to Charley’s in the local mall.  I came home after work to turn around and pick up pizza because that is what dad ordered for dinner.  Saturday involved a protein shake in the morning, driving to and from Soulard Market for a wedding and stopping at McDonald’s for lunch.  We were starving.  From there we went out to Scott AF Base for the reception and of course had dinner there, wedding cake and frozen yogurt…Who knew that one glass of wine could set me back four points.  Sunday was a terrible eating day.  Dad and I went to ihop for breakfast, then my brother wanted steak and shake for lunch and I came home to baked chicken for dinner.  Monday was actually decent, I stayed on track for the most part.  No unhealthy foods there.  Tuesday was the same, except that I came home only to turn right around to pick up Apple-bee’s for dinner.  I stayed on the low-calorie side of the menu….still didn’t help that much.  Wednesday was a protein shake and an apple for breakfast, subway for lunch, and McDonald’s for dinner.  Yesterday was Hardee’s for breakfast because I totally spaced and left breakfast at home, and lotawata creek for lunch where I ordered the lunch size chicken ceaser salad….and no dinner.

I jump on the scale this morning and wouldn’t you know it i gained 1.6 pounds. No surprise there.  It’s just so easy when you have an insane schedule like mine to just stop off at the closest fast food joint and be on your way.  So this week I am really focusing on eating healthier and adding in more exercise.


I caught this song on Octane the other day, it I feel in love.  Its different from their usual sound.  I am sorry that this is a day late and a dollar short.  This is Muse with Psycho.  Their new Album Drops on June 8th.  Give it a listen and tell me what you think in the comments below!


So I have been doing a lot of thinking.  I really needed a change.   So I did my homework and decided that Balayage was the best choice for me.  My hair had completly grown out the color and I was left with my natural hair color which has gotten really dark over the past year.  It was flat and needed life.  So after an extensive amount of research I decided to go with balayage.

I wanted something that was easy to manage and something that I didn’t have to get touched up every 6 weeks.  Balayage is fairly new to the hair world and to me.  Balayage is french for sweeping.  Basically the hair stylist sweeps color onto your hair to create a natural sun kissed look.  Google has it defined as: “a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.”

So after much deliberation and saving of the moola I decided that this was the best option and did my homework on which place I wanted to go.  I wanted to go to my cousin’s salon, but she didn’t have anyone that knew what I was talking about or how to do it.  So I did more research.  I came across The Mane Attraction in Collinsville, Il.  I called them up and made an appointment.  Laurie Anderson was my stylist she talked to me about what I was looking for and we were both on the same page.  She suggested balayage, I agree and we went to work.  So she painted my hair with her stuff and created a natural look or ombre to my hair.  The whole thing only took about an hour and a half, but what a difference it made.  I went from my flat natural boring hair color to this amazing difference.

Laurie did such an amazing job.  I absolutely love what she has done for me.  I have recommended her to all of my friends and family.  It has been about two weeks since I got it done.  I seriously cannot stop looking at it every chance I get.  I love it so.  It added light and texture to my hair making it look not so dull and lifeless.  I love it.

Laurie if you are reading this, thank you, thank you, thank you!  You have completely changed my look.  People have noticed that something is different, but they can’t figure out what it is.

I couldn’t find a current before picture but below is the results from Laurie’s work.  If you are ever in the area and are looking to change things up with your hair, check out The Mane Attraction and Laurie!  You won’t regret it!