home sweet home

house update: lessons learned

it’s been one year since i bought my house! i have always loved my little house, but i’ve also been frustrated and angry at times too. i am a person who prepares for things, but i was not prepared for this adventure. things have thankfully calmed down but i’m always waiting for the next thing… Continue reading house update: lessons learned

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january 2017 monthly favorites.

{favorite makeup and skincare} neutrogena hydro boost hydrating tint – i’ve been wanting a lighter foundation lately.  plus, my skin has been kind of dry with it being dry and cold lately.  i already use the hydro boost gel-cream, so i thought i’d try this one.  i LOVE it.  but i figured out pretty quickly… Continue reading january 2017 monthly favorites.

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december 2016 monthly favorites.

{favorite makeup and skincare} mario badescu drying lotion – this is weird stuff, but it totally works.  i’ve had mine for about a year.  basically, you take a q-tip and dip it into the bottom of the container and pick up some of the pink stuff.  you leave it on overnight and it takes care… Continue reading december 2016 monthly favorites.

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12•16 | high five for friday!

…one…   there’s only three more days until christmas break.  i’m ready for the time away to spend getting all cozy at home and then spending time with my family. i haven’t decorated much for christmas because i’m building my collection slowly, but i love the few things i added in my first year here… Continue reading 12•16 | high five for friday!

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12•9 | high five for friday!

…one…   i had fun updating my kitchen chalkboard this week.  i LOVE how it turned out.  gonna keep this one for awhile.  i used three images as inspiration and then added my little flower tattoo.  i’m powering through the next week and a half of school fueled by coffee.  🙂 ….two…   i sent… Continue reading 12•9 | high five for friday!

beauty · decorative planning · grad school · home sweet home · kitty cats · monthly faves · music heals me · personal life · random crap · teachin' school

november 2016 monthly favorites.

{favorite makeup and skincare} organic argan oil – i add it to my moisturizer at night or my more matte foundations to give them a little more moisture during this dry season.  i also use it on my cuticles, ends of my hair when needed, and elbows. l’oréal hair mask -this fall/winter is killing my… Continue reading november 2016 monthly favorites.

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12•2 | high five for friday!

…one…   i put my tree up this past weekend.  it’s so pretty.  but what makes it special is that it’s my first big girl tree!  in previous years, i lived in an apartment and there wasn’t the room (or the funds) for a big tree.  but i splurged this year.  i’m just hoping my… Continue reading 12•2 | high five for friday!

beauty · decorative planning · grad school · home sweet home · kitty cats · monthly faves · music heals me · personal life · random crap · teachin' school

october 2016 monthly favorites.

{favorite makeup and skincare} rimmel lipstick in no. 45 – this is my perfect everyday nude color.  i like that it’s a no fuss glossy lipstick.  my dry lips can’t take the mattes right now.  plus it’s super cheap! mary-lou manizer highlighter by the balm – i’ve been wanting this highlighter for a LONG time,… Continue reading october 2016 monthly favorites.

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10•28 | high five for friday!

…one…   the past couple of weeks at school have been tough.  but they made me tougher.  i’m kind of proud of myself for standing up for me.  as a staff, we’re facing some difficult times, but this week (with the kids) ended up being one of the best of the year.  it gives me… Continue reading 10•28 | high five for friday!

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10•21 | high five for friday!

…one…   sneak peak!  i just got my christmas tree in the mail this week.  my first real (fake) christmas tree!  the one i had while in my apartment was small because i just didn’t have the space for a bigger one.  i can’t wait to break this one out and get it decorated. i… Continue reading 10•21 | high five for friday!

beauty · decorative planning · grad school · home sweet home · kitty cats · monthly faves · music heals me · personal life · random crap · teachin' school

september 2016 monthly favorites.

{favorite makeup and skincare} the kat von d shade and light eye contour palette was a gamble.  i had seen it in sephora but never could quite pull the trigger.  but after reading lots of reviews of lots of neutral palettes, i decided on this one.  it is beautiful.  the shades are a perfect mix.  the… Continue reading september 2016 monthly favorites.

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august 2016 monthly favorites.

{favorite makeup and skincare} the wet and wild highligher in boozy brunch is very pretty golden/champagne highlighter.  it’s not as smooth as a high end highlighter, but it still does the job very well.  |  milani everyday eyes palette in earthy elements was what was missing from my eyeshadow collection.  the warm shades are beautiful and will see me through… Continue reading august 2016 monthly favorites.

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8•5 | high five for friday!

…one…   i’m in dallas visiting my sister.  it’s my last vacation before school starts.  hopefully, we’ll get a picture as good as this one from spring break! ….two…   one of the reasons i’m in dallas is for a concert.  not just any concert!  the dixie chicks!  it’s their first tour in over a… Continue reading 8•5 | high five for friday!

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july 2016 monthly favorites.

{favorite makeup} the loreal magic lumi primer is so pretty!  i don’t know why i didn’t try it sooner.  it creates a glow under your makeup, which is nice in the warmer months.  plus it does help my makeup stay on a little longer.  the garnier bb cream is an oldie but a goodie.  i don’t think i’ve used… Continue reading july 2016 monthly favorites.

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my crazy neighbors

i didn’t really get to know my neighbors when i lived in an apartment. i was friendly with the vietnam vet amputee who used to love to rant in my general direction while i smiled and nodded. and i would say “hi” to my upstairs neighbor when i saw him while simultaneously blushing because i… Continue reading my crazy neighbors