Wednesday, February 3, 2016

things I'm into lately!

Happy hump day, Friends!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far :) I don't have anything exciting going on in my world today so I thought I would share the things I am really into lately.

Ready? Lets go! 

::The Bachelor
I think I have already mentioned this before but I have been watching the reality TV show "The Bachelor" ever since 2007. The obsession kind of died down during Juan Pablo's season but "ees ok" because he sucked as a bachelor anyway. I'm literally cracking up thinking about him. Has this ever happened to you? Where you just think about something and laugh till you cry? Because it's a happening' to me right now! Hahaha. Anyway, like I was saying...I religiously watched The Bachelor up until Juan Pablo's season and after that, I lost all my faith in Chris Harrison (bachelor host) for making such a terrible mistake. Fast forward to present day, I decided to give The Bachelor another chance and I'm kinda sorta addicted again. I still don't understand how some of the girls make a fool of themselves on national tv? Oh well, more entertainment for me! 

{will you accept this rose?}

::Video Games
Funny, huh? I don't look like the type of girl who would play video games but I blame my husband for creating this monster. Either that or my "tomboy-ness" has carried into adulthood. All I know is that we might need 2 tv's now- one for each video gamer in the house ;) Are there any other girls that are into video gaming? My favorite games to play online are Assassins Creed Black Flag (yeah, I know that was so 10 years ago!) and Star Wars Battlefront. My husband and I are so obsessed that we actually have to take turns to play. I'm pretty sure our kids will start playing video games at birth, lol! 

{lol, I say this about 20 times a day}

I don't know if it's my OCD or what- but I'm kinda sorta obsessed with organizing anything and everything in my household. Every weekend I am organizing/reorganizing something different. I'm pretty sure my husband thinks I'm crazy but I can't help it! If it's not stacked in a perfect straight line, it's not organized.

{left: tupperware cabinet // right: makeup drawer}

When I'm not playing video games or organizing, I'm crafting. If you saw my cardstock collection, you'd laugh! I have two decent sized tubs filled with all of my crafting supplies. Just like painting, crafting is extremely soothing for me and it also opens a lot of creative outlets for me! 

{some of my handmade crafts}

::Harry Potter
So my goal this year was to start reading. I honestly don't remember completely finishing a book since Twilight. I remember I started reading the Hunger Games and Gone Girl but half way through the books, the movies came out and I never got a chance to finish them because I ended up watching the movie. I know a lot of people sometimes watch the movie and then read the book but I can't do that. I know books have a lot more detail in them but once I know what happens at the end, I lose all my interest in reading. This year, to get back into reading, I figured I'd give Harry Potter a try. I know I'm extremely late to the party but I'm trying, y'all! I'll give y'all an update once I'm done reading them all. Be cautious though because it might take me the rest of 2016 to go through all those books! Haha! 

Well, this is it folks! Hope y'all have a great rest of the day :)
Monday, February 1, 2016

Beauty Wish-List!

So how many of us are guilty of watching beauty videos on youtube and then immediately running out to Ulta or Sephora to buy the recommend products by the beauty gurus? I know I am guilty as charged! My makeup addiction has been crazy these past couple years and I knew I had to put a stop to it. The guilt every time I pull my makeup out to get ready is unreal. Now before I purchase anything, the first question I ask myself is- "Do I want it or do I need it?" Believe it or not, this has really helped me calm down my makeup addiction. You will now only see me at Sephora or Ulta if I run out of a makeup product that I absolutely need. Sadly, the only things I run out of are foundation, eyeliner and mascara. I have yet to hit pan on any of my blushes and a gazillion eye shadow palettes that I own. To compensate for misspending on makeup the last couple years, I now find myself buying drug store brand eyeliner, mascara, and even blushes. The only thing I don't sacrifice on is foundation. But to be honest, one bottle of foundation lasts me a while so I only have to splurge on a new bottle every few months.

Since I'm following the "no buy" makeup policy, I thought it'd be fun to share my current beauty wishlist with y'all :)

  • The first thing on my list is the Tartelette in Bloom palette. I don't know if it's the cute packaging that's speaking to me or the gorgeous red toned colors on the bottom right (rebel & leader), all I know is that I've had my eye on this palette long before it launched in stores and unfortunately  I won't be buying it UNTIL I hit pan on one of the gazillion palettes I already own. 
  • Numero dos on my wishlist is Mac lipstick in captive. Although it's affordable, I just can't justify buying it. I mean I have a ton of lipsticks and for some reason I gravitate more towards browns or pinky nudes. And if I can't justify buying something, I ain't buying it!
  • Next on my wish list is the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume.I really really reallyyy want it but if I have an abundance of one thing, it's definitely perfumes. I probably own more perfumes than I do eyeshadow palettes. Call me crazy but it is what it is. I'm a sucker for cute perfume bottles and Marc Jacobs just kills me with all the cute perfume bottles. I own Marc Jacobs "Dot" and oh my gosh, that bottle will forever be a piece of decoration in my house. 
  • Next up is the naked skin concealer by Urban Decay. I've heard mixed things about this concealer but I'm not gonna lie, I've been wanting to try it so bad. I just can't justify spending $28 on a concealer. I sometimes think that under eye concealer is a very gimmicky product. Either that or I just don't have an dark circles under my eyes to conceal. I just like the highlighting effect it gives when I do my full face makeup. 
  • Lord knows how many times I have walked to the Mac counter in hopes of buying this next product on my list- Mac 150 (large powder brush). I have also stood in the check out line and walked away from purchasing this. It's priced at $42, which to me is insane especially because I own the smaller version of the same exact powder brush. Do I really need two different sizes of the same brush? Please tell me NO! 
  • Who remembers the Nars Guy Bourdin blush palette from 2013? Y'all, I've had it for almost 3 years now (insert shocked face emoji) and it still looks brand spanking new. So do I need the new Gwen Stefani palette? NO! Do I want it? YES! Will I get it? I would have to hit pan on at least one of my blushes from the Guy Bourdin palette before I purchase the Gwen Stefani blush palette. 
  • The last thing on my list is the Dior Blender Sponge. It's not something I need in my life right away considering I have 3 original beauty blenders tucked away in my makeup stash but it's something I'm definitely interested in. I haven't heard much about these sponges but it almost looks like the Real Techniques beauty sponge. I love love love my beauty blender so eventually when I go through the 3 sponges I already have, I might give the Dior sponge a try! 

And that my friends is my current wish-list! Just remember, if you ever want to get rid of your addiction of buying a lot of makeup, just ask yourself this question- "do I REALLY need this?" Trust me, this question really helps you make wise decisions ;)

On another note, Happy February! Can y'all believe January is already over?! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

hello 2016

I just wanted to pop in in wish you all a very happy new yearI'm pretty darn excited for twenty-sixteen. It's a leap year which means- 366 new days, 366 new chances, 366 new possibilities! I don't have any new years resolutions per se but, as always, my goal is to be as productive as possible and find the good in every situation :)  

Book 2016, Chapter 1, Page 1

Monday, December 7, 2015

five things that make me happy

You know what's harder than a Physics exam that you haven't studied for? Posting in your blog after experiencing a drought! And so, here is that awkward "I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while" apology post. Life happens and if you don't already know, I have an attention span of a fish which makes it that much harder for me to sit still and work on my blog. So here I am blogging away first thing this morning to share the 5 things that make me happy! :)

ONE :: Husband

Duhhh. I spend most of my time with this guy and let me just say that I consider myself incredibly blessed to have a guy like my Husband in my life. We have been together for almost 5 years now and married for 3 but believe me when I say it feels like we got married just yesterday. There is just something about a man who knows how to treat a girl right. Almost 5 years later...he still treats me like a princess and knows how to put a smile on my face!

TWO :: Traveling

Let me be honest with y'all-- I don't have a dream car and I sure as heck don't have a dream home. My one and only dream is to travel the world. My Husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel a lot in the last few years and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience the beauty of this world with my husband by my side. If there is an application to become a luxury world traveler, sign me up ASAP! 

{one day we will travel the world on a magic carpet ;)}

THREE :: Art

Painting + photography + DIY projects = a one happy gal! I think I have mentioned this before but I got the crafty gene in my family, yay! Give me a blank canvas to paint or a beautiful place to photograph and I will love you forever. My sweet Hubs recently bought me the GoPro Hero 4 that I absolutely cannot wait to use on our next trip! 

FOUR :: Ice Cream

Remember when I said I could never go on a diet because of my love for ice cream? Well, I wasn't lying when I said that. Funny story from a few weeks ago-- I was having a bad day because I had missed an important appointment and while I was crying to my Husband about that, all he had to say was, "lets go get some ice cream" and I kid you not when I say my frown turned upside down in about a millisecond. We STILL laugh about that incident.

Five :: Candles

I think I have a slight candle obsession. Just walking into bath and body works and seeing all the pretty candles there makes me happy. It's SO hard to walk out of there without any candle purchase. Is that normal? Please tell me yes! The sweet cupcakey smelling candles are my absolute favorite. Can you tell how much I love desserts--even in the form of a candle? Lol. 

Well, that is it folks! I never thought narrowing down to just 5 things that make me happy would be so hard. I'm just glad ice cream made the cut, LOL. 

Happy Monday! :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Talent Tuesday

While scrolling through my Instagram feed this morning, Dwight Howard's post caught my attention.

Every morning when I wake up, I have a million and one things running through my mind. Despite the usual cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands etc, blogging is one of those million things that run through my mind every. single. day. But here's the thing- if I don't sit in front of the computer screen immediately after breakfast, blogging is a no-go for that day. So thank you Dwight Howard for that extra push that I needed!

Lucky for me I got the artistic gene in my family and so naturally I have always been fond of all things artsy and crafty. Besides, it's extremely soothing and relaxing. It's almost like you paint all your worries away on a blank canvas, lol. Just recently I decided to pick the paintbrush back up and paint arabic calligraphy. I felt like I was a bit rusty because I hadn't painted in a while (especially any form of calligraphy) but once I was done with the painting, I was blown away by all the love my painting received from my family and friends. Hubs told me that I need to start selling my talent- but I don't know...I feel like I would have a hard time parting ways with something I painted, haa! But it's not like I display any of my artwork at home either. Would you consider this a first world problem? I think so! honor of Talent Tuesday, I would like to showcase some of my hidden talents not many people know about :)

{top two pictures are of a fruit cake I made for an event // bottom left: candy cake I made for a client // bottom right: ferrero rocher cake I made for my sisters 20th birthday party}

{left: basket ball cake I made for hubs birthday almost 3 years ago // right: dragon ball z birthday cake I made for hubs birthday last year}

{turkey cupcakes I made for thanksgiving 2014}

{a few of my paintings on a 16x20 canvas}

Is it safe to add artsy and crafty under my "about me" section? ;)

Happy Tuesday, folks! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

un-procrastination 101

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm the biggest procrastinator on the face of the earth. I always waited until the last minute to work on homework assignments, papers, projects, studying for exams etc. I even waited until the last minute to pack up my life before our temporary move to Chicago. I don't know but somehow I always ended up getting things done on time. It was stressful...but what mattered was the fact that I still got the task done! I'm not the type of gal that has a list of new years resolutions ready at the beginning of every year because lets be real, no one really sticks to them anyway; however, this year my goal was to work on my procrastination issue. It may be true that people tend to work better under high stress, but, it sure does feel good to have my life somewhat organized! :) 

The first thing I did to fix my procrastination problem was make a list! Sometimes I even have 2 or 3 lists going on...kind of ridiculous huh? But it definitely keeps me organized. I have a weekly to-do list which helps me map out all that I need to take care of that week and then I make a to-do list every night for the following day. I also have a separate grocery list that I add stuff on as I remember so when I go grocery shopping over the weekend, I don't forget to buy something. This has made my life so much easier and makes the grocery shopping process a lot faster. I hated going to the grocery store and forgetting to buy that ONE important thing I went to the grocery store for in the first place! 

Another thing that I have had success with is knowing exactly what I want to make for lunch and dinner the next day. Sometimes I even marinate the chicken the night before so when I wake up the next morning, I can eat breakfast and cook just so I don't have to worry about it later in the day. Women know how much time is spent in the kitchen so the earlier I get done with cooking the better! Another great tip is clean as you go! I really enjoy's the clean up after that I despise. I quickly load the dishwasher while the food is cooking on the stove top. I also put away things where they belong, wipe down the countertops and gather all the dishes that need to be hand washed. Once the food is ready, I transfer it into a glass tupperware and wash the dishes. This process really cuts down the time spent in the kitchen in half! 

One last thing that makes my life easier is preparing for work. The night before I have to go into work, I take out the clothes I'm going to wear to work, shower and style my hair before going to bed. It literally takes me longer to do my hair than it does to do my makeup which is why it is imperative that I do my hair the night before. In the morning, I do my makeup, change, grab breakfast and out the door I go! 

These are just some of the things that help my OCD self stay organized. Anyone else have any other organization tips for me? 

Happy Tuesday! :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Life as of Late

Hiya friends!

The last few weeks of my life have been insane. We moved into a new apartment and three weeks later, I can finally say that we are all settled in! I had unpacked all the boxes the week we moved in but I still needed to organize a ton of stuff. Now that everything is to my liking, I can finally sit down and blog while I sip on some green tea ;)

So far we are loving our new place because it gives us the "city feel" that we had when we lived in Chicago. We love the fact that we can walk almost anywhere- gym, movie theater, shopping, grocery store, restaurants etc. And all our other favorite spots to hang out are only a short 15 minute drive away! Hubs loves that he only has a two minute drive to work -- that's a blessing, especially if you live in Houston! 

On a side note, I hate job hunting. I'm one of those people who work at one place til death do us part, haha! But this whole one hour drive to work is just not cutting it for me. Luckily, I only have to go twice a week... but it still sucks! And so here I am again, back to square one. I'm dreading the interview process, the new hire orientation, and being that new employee in a group of people that already know each other, ugh! And you know what's crazy? It's the fact that I'm stressing about these things before I even get called in for an interview *faceplam*

Alright folks, that's it for today. Hope you all have a great Tuesday. I'm gonna go sit in a corner and stress out a little more before submitting applications.