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“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”


I sat down this evening with no intentions to write a blog, but here I am.

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged, I just haven’t had much to blog about. I mean sure, there are a few things going on but not enough forth a whole blog post — or I just plain forgot.

I would like to state one thing, and I’m going to make this clear as day. If you don’t like what I post here, then don’t read it. Plain and simple. Don’t like a photo I post? Cool. I don’t expect everyone to like everything I post. The wonderful thing about the internet, is you don’t HAVE to read anything on it.

Moving on, there has been so much anger, hate and frustration going around. 2016 has been a rough year for some, and I can tell you there was a short period of time in 2015 where I struggled.

Teaching preschool really has helped me see that many of us adults have it all mixed up. Mitchell and I have run into people in our lives that are so full of anger and hate that they’ve lost sight of what is important.

Religious or not, you should agree that we need to be kind to one another. Stop holding grudges and going out of our way to make people feel little, or worthless.

I brought up religion because there are a few things that have helped me over the past few months. One of them being personal experience, I have been on the receiving end of some awful things. Another thing that has helped are bible verses I learned as a kid.

Leviticus chapter 19, verses 17 and 18:

You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur in sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people but you should love they neighbor as thy self.

Hear me out before you quit reading. I’m not trying to force religion or my beliefs down your throat, but I do think this is incredibly powerful. Don’t hate someone. You know that saying “Forgive but don’t forget.” That is something I think more people need to follow. We all sin, we all make mistakes, we all have flaws. It’s what we learn from them that is important. Just remember that guy that rudely cut you off in traffic, is someone’s brother, son, father, friend. Just like you are.

Often now days people let their anger and hate consume them. Something happens, and it morphs into this nasty beast inside of them and next thing you know they’re spreading their anger, upset and frustrations around them.

I will from here on out not let other’s actions and behavior alter who I am. At least that is what I am working to achieve. I still have some great hurt and upset buried down inside me thanks to others, but my first step is to be able to walk away from all of that.

 

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“A life lived in love will never be dull.”


It’s that time of year again! Mitchell and I will be celebrating our 7th anniversary this month…which means for a short while it’ll be acceptable for me to express just how much I love him in one of those sickly adorable, and annoying posts. So here goes.

Last year, I posted about our adventures and how far we’ve come. I’ve included a link in case you’re interested.

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Mitchell and I met almost 8 years ago, May 2008. It wasn’t until November 2008 that we started talking. He reached out to me first, and because I didn’t know him really well I was really hesitant. The friend I lived with at the time talked me into hanging out with him when he asked.

Obviously, if when he first asked, I knew where we’d end up I wouldn’t have hesitated. If I had truly known who he was I would have been thrilled that he even considered talking to me.

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Mitchell is just the sweetest and most loving person I’ve ever met. I am in awe each and every day at the capacity he loves others. He has taught me so much, and I am so incredibly lucky to have met him. Mitchell, has such a large heart, and I think even all our friends would tell you just how loving and kind he is. Over the years I’ve watched his relationship with my family (specifically my nieces and nephews) grow. Watching him with them, I know that he considers them his family too. He is such a wonderful influence on all 5 of my nieces and nephews, which is just another extension of how loving he is. He came into a family with a bunch of kiddos that were EXTREMELY energetic and he saw the relationship I had with each and every one of them.

I remember the first time he met them, he just kept telling me how awesome he thought it was that I was so close to all of them. That I would play board games, and throw water balloons and have nerf wars with them. I knew then, that once he had adjusted to having them in his life, he’d make an awesome addition to their lives.

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He’s so amazingly kind, and is always there to lift me up when I’m down. No, I don’t mean in the same cliche’ way everyone else does, I mean truly through and through. When I come home from a long exhausting day, or an emotionally draining day he’s always there to listen and talk to me.

He has this ability to make me smile no matter what is going on. When my stepdad died, he was there and sat up with me all night playing video games. When I fell asleep (on my then, twin sized blow up mattress… what can I say, I was poor…) He curled up on the floor next to me and held my hand.

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He has dreams and goals. Not just the typical boring ones, he has some beautifully creative hopes and goals for his life, and mine too! He’s conquering the fear that we all have, you know, the fear of not succeeding at something, and doing all that he can to complete those goals.

He is constantly thinking and working out new ways to get to where he hopes to be in 5 or 10 years…all while learning new things and coming up with new ideas for activities for him and I to do together, or even ideas for me to do while I’m at work!

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He’s so creative and an amazing artist. He doesn’t always believe me when I say that, but it is true. Sometimes he’s shy about his artwork, but to me, that is far better than rubbing it in everyone’s faces. Especially this day in age, everyone is trying to “make it big” via the internet or instagram. Mitchell is humble and though I know he knows deep down that he has a beautiful artistic eye, he’s humble about it.

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He loves me. I love him. That’s all we need in this crazy world. I know that every morning when I wake up, he’s there for me, and I certainly hope that he knows that I’ll always be there for him. 7 years. 7 short, yet long, fun but hectic years. 7 beautiful years together. Somehow I managed to snag the guy that is the most perfect addition to my life. I love everything about him, and I love how he so willingly puts up with my flaws.

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Every day I wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I get to experience life with him by my side.

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Review: Julep Maven


My last post I reviewed ipsy. Today, I’ll be reviewing Julep Maven, the subscription service from Julep. As some of you may remember from my first Julep post, I was kind of dreading the customer service standpoint from Julep. I had heard horror stories on the beauty box group I’m a member of… I was not looking forward to having problems with the polish, or my monthly box.

I felt a little bit of pressure to actually LIKE Julep because Mitchell’s family knows someone who works at their Seattle office. I felt like if I didn’t like their products, then I’d be causing more problems for myself than I needed. This caused me to be apprehensive about the subscription box. I never would have imagined I’d fall in love with not only their polish, but their makeup!

The first few days, I did have some issues with the polish. After some stressful posts online, a friend of mine mentioned I needed a bonding base coat. This literally solved all my problems.

Their polish quality has gone up a LOT over the two years I’d been getting them from Mitchell’s family. I love every one of my Julep polishes.

I didn’t get make-up until a few months into the subscription service, and my oh my do I love their products. Their gel eye liners are my absolute favorite– I have to say though, Navy Smoke seems to be my top favorite. I never could have imagined loving them enough to get one in EVERY color they offer.

One month, I got their Konjac Sponge in my box. After tons of research I noticed a lot of people telling me that their sponges are over priced and not worth your money. I ordered a second one off amazon for myself and gave the Julep one to Mitchell. Big mistake. The Julep Konjac sponges are more than worth their current cost (they’re on sale for $9.60 and they usually go for $12) It’s lasted much longer and does a better job.

Overall review:
Julep has never gotten my order wrong, and has wonderful products. I will be keeping this subscription as long as I can afford to! 🙂 I love that I can edit and customize my box, so if I want only polishes one month, great! If I want only make-up, done! They really do a great job with all their products!

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Review: ipsy.


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned on this blog. All comments/opinions on this post are 100% my own, and are not sponsored in any way.  

Well, here it is! The long awaited review of the beauty boxes I’m subscribed to! I’ve been getting both ipsy and Julep Maven beauty boxes for about 6 months now, and I think I have a pretty good feel on both.

Lets start with ipsy!

I was really excited to start ipsy. So many people I know get it, and raved about their monthly glambag. My first month was a little disappointing, but wasn’t too bad. It didn’t kill my excitement. As months wore on, I found myself re-taking the ipsy quiz and removing things from my preferences. I still have yet to be amazed or in love with ANYTHING from ipsy. Last month (July) I didn’t even get everything in my bag, and when I wrote them in, they said they’d fix their error… and only sent me 2 items. This month, I got a bag, with the tiniest lipstick ever and that was it. It was THE most disappointing waste of my money. Yes, I could contact their customer service, but after only getting part of my glambag last month, I’m not interested in contacting them and waiting two weeks to see if they actually got it correct. I’m on the verge of cancelling ipsy. September may be my last month. The Sephora subscription box cannot start soon enough!

The rewards points from ipsy are pointless. You get very few, and have to post all your quizes and information to facebook. It’s a cheap way for them to advertise, yet they only let so many people join and have a wait-list. They want me to invite friends, but my friends have to post a bunch of spam to facebook to even get taken off the wait-list. I have found their rewards points to be pointless and frustrating, seeing as they expire before you can rack up enough to get a free glambag.

up next: Julep Maven.

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My 2015 bucket list


Mitchell and I have always had these lists of things we want to accomplish each year but by the end of the year or the following of the year we always go “Dang it! We didn’t do _____!” So this year I thought I’d type up a list of things we hope to accomplish this year! It’ll be edited as we come up with more, and as we accomplish things on the list.

  1. Rattlesnake Lake
  2. Hike Rattlesnake Ridge
  3. Hike Little Si
  4. Visit Deception Pass
  5. Visit Alki Beach more than once
  6. Camp at least 3xs
  7. Go fishing with Tim
  8. Visit the coast
  9. Visit the rainforest 
  10. Go to the Oregon Coast
  11. Visit Woodland Park Zoo
  12. Visit Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
  13. Go to the Pacific Science Center
  14. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel
  15. Spend more than one day on Lake Washington
  16. Visit Canada
  17. I would like to Visit Allyson and Justin in AZ or Lauren and Gene in Colorado
  18. Spend a weekend on the Columbia River (The Washington side)
  19. Hike Mailbox Peak
  20. Go on a road-trip
  21. Have friends over for a BBQ
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A little behind…


Sorry I haven’t updated in a couple days, life got a little busy and I was a little lazy. Have no fear though, I’m here with an update!!!

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Wednesday – my photo for Wednesday is a photo of our dinner. Mitchell and I decided to make BLTA’s for dinner one night… except I forgot to buy lettuce — so we bad BTAs. Though it was lacking in lettuce it was pretty darn tasty. — we just added extra avocado. One thing I would change, is the bacon — I bought the lean healthier bacon and it had 0 flavor… It was really disappointing.

Yesterday, we had Breakfast for dinner — I took a photo of it too, but thats not the photo I’m going to use for yesterday’s photo a day.

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I chose this photo to represent yesterday — It’s of my wonderful sweet little miss. She has a summer birthday so her school celebrates her half birthday. Yesterday was her day to celebrate being 4½ and I think she enjoyed it very much. She wore the dress I gave her for Christmas, and they made her a crown and everything. How cute is she?!

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I’ve been using the TimeHop app for a few years now, and it’s fun… though sometimes – like the day after Archie passed away, its tough to look back… (that particular day was very Archie heavy as far as old posts go…) Well today was a wonderful day to look back on. 8 Years ago today I had quite the adventure with a friend of mine. It included the craziest weather day, realizing our umbrellas were not built for windy snow/rain days… going to the Portland City Grill soaking wet, in jeans and concert attire — I still to this day cannot believe they even let us in the door. We ordered Fries and cookies and drew on the (paper) table cloth. This particular night I got peed on by a complete stranger, but best of all, we managed to talk ourselves into being let on stage the next night at the next show.  Good times. Here are some photos from that night:

Gabe from Cobra Starship singing. We were front row, but being front row at a Cobra Starship show wasn't that hard back then :)

Gabe from Cobra Starship singing. We were front row, but being front row at a Cobra Starship show wasn’t that hard back then 🙂

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Christy and I waiting for the concert to start… This was after the weather calmed down and we were able to fix our hair and makeup in the bathroom. Look at our babyfaces! I was 19, Christy was 22 🙂

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This was before the concert, we made friends with these girls, and gave them freshly baked cookies, and coffee in exchange for holding our place in line while we went and bought stuff for the show/ate.

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After the show we snagged Gabe from Cobra Starship. Here he is talking on my phone to a friend. Can we laugh at how dated that phone makes this picture look? This was about the time we convinced him to let us do the snakes on a plane rap on stage. I’d spend the next 20 hours memorizing it word for word… only to promptly forget part of it while we were on stage haha.

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We doodled on the table cloth at the Portland City grill, one of the doodles was the rap from Snakes on a Plane…

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More of our tablecloth doodles… How to draw a Starship and a cobra…

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The view from our table at the Portland City Grill. The Roseland theater below.

Just wait until tomorrow’s timehop… The video of us rapping! hahaha.

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S’more cupcakes (my own recipe!)


So I took my “Little helper” to the store and we were both hungry (big mistake!) She talked me into buying a box of cake mix… once we got home I looked in my drawer at work to see if I could take a normal box cake and turn it into my own creation… that’s when I created this masterpiece. I’m sure others have made this but I’ve never had one and I didn’t snag this from anyone.

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