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Wonderful people from church helped me with meals for the first week or 2 we had the boys. A dear friend came after we’d had the boys a while & brought a delicious dinner & ate with us. We enjoyed the delicious leftovers. When we had consumed all of the deliciousness, I set aside the dishes to return to her. This same friend had also given me 2 books to read – which I’d never got around to reading. In a nutshell, it was time to return these dishes (which had also survived a move) & books. When she took me to a show last week, I thought it’d be funny to bring her a bag of said belongings to return. Not five minutes on the road, the bag went flying, breaking one of the dishes. I almost cried. I’m the worst! I kept these for a year – &…

My friend’s uncle is an actor (really good one, at that) & she got us tickets to see his latest show at the Lakewood Theatre Company. (I’ve auditioned there several times. But I guess I could say that about almost every company in town.) I haven’t done any acting or standup in 2 years. Call it burnout. I needed to regroup & re-prioritize my life. Now, I’m a mom. My schedule isn’t conducive for a theatre gig. But I’m completely ok with that. I’m not missing out on anything. I love every moment with my family. As I was sitting there watching this play, I felt my heart swell. I was so thrilled to just be there. The actors wrte having fun – & so was I. And then this thought occurred to me, “I’m a GOOD actor.” Truthfully, it’s been a while since I felt good at anything. For…

My kids have too much stuff. So much in fact that things don’t get played with. I’ve tried organizing in bins & baskets but those get dumped out. So, I went through & cleaned out some stuff. Mind you, the play room is still FULL. LJ walks in the play room sometime after his nap when I had done the first round of the Toy Haul 2015. He stood there, looking around. Toys were strung all over – it looked like a battlefield, as if Mattel & Fisher Price had waged a war against each other to fight boredom. (I war that only moms lose!) He said, “Something’s not right. What’s going on here. Something is….missing.” I could barely contain my laughter as I looked on from the hallway. How the heck could he possibly tell if anything is missing or not?! Wait until round 2 of Toy Overhaul 2015 happens.

Today (or tonight) I’m beginning a new series called Wake Up to Make-Up Wednesday. (Better late than never, right?) As you can see, I use everything from Anastasia to NYX. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million. For day time, especially during the summer, I prefer a softer look & avoid dark shadows & heavy eyeliner. I opt for a brown or gray shadow around my water line in lieu of eyeliner applied with a smudge brush. I like to pair a soft eye palette with a bold lip. I love red lips for summer. I find it compliments subtle & soft eyes well. There’s a shade of red out there for everyone. I’ve found the more pinky or orange based reds make me look less washed out. This is ME. No filter. Just make-up. I’ve pictured all products used for today’s look. Except…

I think Winston Churchill said it best, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Confession: I’ve let emotions rule me for about 6 months. A door closed for me & it stung. I have not been taking negative thoughts captive & have wallowed in my disappointment. Failure. Disappointment. Rejection. Shame. Guilt. These are a few examples of battlefields in which a war for your soul is waged upon. These things are part of life. They’re a certainty, like death & taxes. Where WE have the power is in our response. Many people allow these things to take root, and it’s a bitter root. Sadly, many of us die on these battlefields. You can tell who these fallen soldiers are by the fruit of their lives. Often they’re negative; victim mentality. I refuse to be that way. I’m thankful for friends who remind me who I am when I forget. I’m…

I wish I could go to fat camp for adults. I’d hunker down, work out, get lots of rest & eat healthy. But I live in the real world. Toddlers keep me up at night, sometimes my food budget affects my food choices, & I make it to the gym 1-2 times per week instead of the 3-4 times that I’d like. For several weeks, I was diligent with diet & exercise. I lost 1 pound. ONE. I was so mad. For the past 5 days, I haven’t eaten so great. And I lost 1 pound. ONE. So I basically do nothing & get the same results? Is this what weight loss attempt looks like in your late 30s? This is dumb. At this rate, it’ll take me 8 years to reach my goal! So, new goal: drink more water. I’m hoping this will help. Not giving up. But this…