Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving and Things

First of all, if you subscribe to my blog and just received one from 2011, I'm sorry!  I don't know how that happened.  It just did.

Second, Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  We had a very laid back Thanksgiving in Kansas.  My mom came up for a visit and we just hung around the house, shared viruses, and did some shopping.  Normal family holiday stuff.  Here are some highlights:

We visited Legoland in Kansas City and we all had such a fun time!

My mom and the boys with her pink and purple creation

At Crown Center with larger than life Lego creations.

Just before Thanksgiving I received my first Birchbox.  I was so excited to get it!  If you're not familiar with it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription to beauty products.  It's $10 a month and you can cancel at any time.  This was my first box and I love it.  If you're interested in joining, please use the link below so I can get points:

My box had a SOYJOY bar, full size mascara (which I really liked), nail polish, hair powder (also really liked), and a perfume sample.  It's a fun surprise in the mail and there's also a men's version for the metro man in your life.  

One last thing - I finished up two books recently that I would recommend.  I read Emily Giffin's Where We Belong (Something Borrowed author).  I don't normally read chick lit, but this one held my attention and there was a plot twist I didn't see coming.  It was cute and very easy reading.  I also finished Bossy Pants by Tina Fey.  I loved this book!  I was laughing out loud the entire time.  I just picked up Gone Girl and Safe Haven (have to read them before the movies come out!).  

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

An evening with Newt

Steve and I spent Wednesday night with the former Speaker of the House and about 200 other people.  The neat thing about the event was this:

Do you see the butter?  It's shaped like a Jayhawk.  That was pretty cool.  And it was also neat that the place card next to Steve's was Newt Gingrich's.

Steve got up and said a few words before dinner.  He was told that he would have to speak about five minutes before he went on.  He always manages to pull together some great remarks.

Then he gave Newt some political advice.  Just kidding, I think they were talking sports.  

That's my hand in the bottom left side of the picture.  That's about as close as I got to him all throughout dinner.  I even read his entire Wiki page and watched him on the view on Monday to prepare.

When I finally got my moment alone, all I did was tell him a joke.  And I think he liked it.  

He spoke later in the evening about his thoughts on the election and his new book.  He's an interesting man and very intelligent.  This will possibly be our Christmas card this year, because we never ever meet anyone famous.  Like ever.  Taylor Swift is overplayed on the radio here, if you couldn't tell.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Drugstore Makeup

I've been hooked on a beauty blog, Makeup by Tiffany D.  She has some great makeup tutorials, she does an outfit of the day post, and posts about home decor.  She also does a drugstore makeup post, which inspired this post.

I've tried a few of her drugstore makeup recommendations and I'm throwing in some of my own.

My new cheap favorite makeup is Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.  I've been using Mac's Mineral powder FOREVER and just never thought to stray.  I tried this powder on a whim and really like it.  I honestly can't tell the difference between my $20+ Mac powder and this $5 powder.

Sticking with the Rimmel theme, I love their eyeshadow quads.  It's possible that I've included them in another blog post before.  They are crease free and cost around $5 as well.  My only gripe is that there are only a few shades available.  

And speaking of eyeshadows, I also love Revlon's Colorstay eyeshadows (not necessarily in the color palette below).  They are around $6 and they have so many different shades.  Currently I have about six Laura Mercier shadows and four or five Mac shadows.  They ALL crease after a few hours.  I wore this shadow all day and night yesterday and it didn't crease at all.  

I usually buy OPI or Essie nail polish ... I don't know why, I just always have.  Last Christmas I borrowed some polish from my niece and it was Sally Hansen.  I couldn't tell the difference between the SH polish and the polish I've been buying.  I picked up a few bottles when I got home and have been pleasantly surprised.  Yesterday I bought the Xtreme wear variety in a sparkly red and love it.  What else do I love?  The fact that it was $2.59 at Target.  

I've been working on finding a drugstore under eye concealer lately but have been striking out.  I'll report back if I have any success.  

Monday, November 5, 2012


Halloween this year was so much fun!  I love now that the boys are older they really get into holidays--especially ones that involve candy.  We started our Halloween day at the Halloween party at school.  I helped out with the party, but was not responsible for all of these cute snacks. 

Landon dressed up as a blue ninja and Hudson was a green Power Ranger.  These were the second costumes I made for them.  The first ones I made out of white fabric and tried to dye blue and green.  It was a complete disaster.  I will never attempt to dye fabric again.  

Prior to trick-or-treating, we had several neighbors over for dinner.  We went with a fair food theme and had frito pie, white trash dip, and twinkies.  Landon snapped a picture of our costumes before everyone arrived.  I thought it was worth sharing.  

Then we had someone older than 5 take our picture. 

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!  Now on to Thanksgiving and Christmas...