Mindful Monday’s!

Welcome back! I’m soooo glad you’re here!

Monday’s can sometimes be a pain, a drag if you will. The weekend is over and it’s back to the humdrum of our work lives, not matter what that work is. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a super fan of Monday’s. So I thought, why not give you all something to make your Monday a little better? Tad DAH – Mindful Monday’s.

I want to offer you guys little lessons, trips, tricks, or techniques to help you practice this little something called Mindfulness. To start, I’m going to give you a little background information.

What is Mindfulness?

Isn’t that like meditation? Do I have to sith an oam?? The answer is well, yes and no. You COULD use mindfulness as a meditation and yes there is a meditation component, but it’s not meditation in the traditional sense of the word.

What it IS; however, is paying attention to the exact moment you are in, right here, right now, on purpose AND without judging, evaluating, or being attached to this moment.

You’re not paying attention to the past, you’re not paying attention to the future. You’re paying attention to the moment. Nonjudmentally simply means if you have a thought, or a feeling, you are not judging yourself for having it. For example, if while you are practicing mindfulness you have the thought “I’m dumb” you simply acknowledge you had that thought and come back to the moment. Without attachment means you are not assigning emotion to your moment, that if you feel sad/happy/anxious whatever, you acknowledge it and bring it back to the moment.

Why Mindfulness?

At this point you might be asking yourself, why do it? What’s the point? How will this help me?

The good news is there are a BUNCH of reasons for practicing mindfulness. There’s a decent amount of research to suggest mindfulness helps with things like:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress reduction
  • increased focus
  • increased happiness
  • ability to be more flexible
  • helps to boost your immune system

take a look at this link to read further benefits

Ok so now that you know some of the benefits and a little more about what it is, I’m going to offer you a little intro to mindfulness!

Are you ready? Ok here we go….

You can do this practice with your eyes opened or closed. Whatever feels most comfortable to you.

Start by brining awareness to your breath. Just notice it without trying to change your breath. How does it feel? Can you feel the breath coming in through your nose? Down into your lungs? Where do you feel your breath the most?

Take the time to simply notice the next few breaths, answering these questions.

If your mind wonders, it’s ok. Each time you catch your mind wandering bring your attention back to your breath.

After a few breaths, start to deepen your breath. Four seconds in through your nose, one second pause, and four seconds out through your mouth.

Notice the difference in these breaths. Where can you feel the breath now? If it feels right to you, you can bring your hands to your abdomen to observe the coming in and out of your breath.

Take the time to notice a couple of these breaths and start to bring your attention to your body. How does your body feel? What do you notice about your body? Is there tension somewhere? Or an itch? If you do notice any stress, try to “breathe” into this tension.

Again, if you start to feel your attention slipping, just nudge yourself back to paying attention to the moment.  It’s perfectly natural and ok to find your attention waning in practice.

Notice your body for a couple more breaths and then bring your attention to what your body is touching. Are you sitting on a chair? Laying down? Can you feel your body touching whatever you are resting on? How does that feel? If you need to adjust to make yourself more comfortable, feel free to do so, letting youself rest even further.

Slowly, if your eyes are closed, start to open your eyes and return back to your daily life, completing your first mindfulness practice.

How’d that go?

Do you feel any more relaxed? More focused? Less stressed? Remember it doesn’t have to last for a long time, you can start with as little as 3 minutes at a time.

Let me know what you think in the comments and if you plan on doing a little mindfulness this next week!


Welcome back to the positive space!

I can’t believe it has been this long since I’ve posted. 2014! Wooah. A lot has changed since then and I am extremely excited to share my new adventures and I can’t wait for you to join me on this journey. I’m going to be taking this blog in a slightly different direction…….

I am VERY shortly (hopefully in the next month or two) going to be opening my own handmade business selling a line of products for your baby that are positively impacting the environment! I will be operating my own website as well as selling on Etsy!

What do I mean by positively impacting the environment you ask? I mean selling items with the impact on the environment and your baby in mind, using organic, recycled, re-purposed, or responsibly sourced fabrics and materials.

Let’s face it, for being so small, babies make a BUNCH of waste. I know because I’ve got a little nugget at home, the source of my inspiration and the most positive thing I have ever done.


By buying and using my environmentally positive products for your little one, you can take heart knowing you are not only getting a great, unique, handcrafted baby item, you are getting one that is helping to save our planet, going green, and is either low or chemical free; making them SUPER safe for your precious little one.

So please, please stay tuned as I get closer to unveiling my business. In the meantime, I will give you all little sneak peaks into the business such as what I will be selling, where I have been learning how to set up my

business, inspirations for my business, updates on my own little one, what I’ve been up to in the last three years, as well as some of my old stuff like my recipes, mindfulness, and some environmentally friendly make up reviews.


I’d love for you to join me by subscribing to my blog and leaving me a comment! Tell me what you think, what you want to see in my shop, what you are most looking forward to in a post from me!

– Positively, Kati!

Fall Inspired Casserole

Seeing that I love fall and fall foods, I decided to make a casserole with a fall theme and nothing says fall quite like pumpkin and sweet potatoes.


I used 4 small-ish sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, baby spinach, vegetable medley that has corn, peas, carrots, and cauliflower, pumpkin soup, pumpkin puree, and reduced fat cream cheese.

First, I boiled a pot of water and put the sweet potatoes in to boil them. Then I preheated the over to 450F. While the potatoes were boiling, I put the pumpkin soup, half the can of pumpkin puree and two dollops of cream cheese in an over safe casserole dish. Then I added in the broccoli, vegetable medley, and spinach.

Once the sweet potatoes were soft, I peeled off their skins, sliced them, and then added them to the mix. Once the oven was preheated, I put the casserole in and set the timer for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, I checked on the casserole. It wasn’t as thick as I would have liked, so I added a little more pumpkin puree and cream cheese. I then baked it for another 15 minutes.

After the 15 minutes, the casserole had set a little bit more. I pulled it out and let it cool.


It turned out really yummy! I was pleased with the taste of the casserole, but unfortunately it didn’t thicken up as much as I would have liked. It was more like a soup than a casserole, but still very good. For anyone who tries this, I would suggest adding in some flour or corn starch to try and thicken it, and leave out the third dollop of cream cheese.

Let me know what you think!




September Ipsy vs Birchbox

I would first like to apologize again for not posting more often this month. Life at work got really hectic really fast and I am only now beginning to catch up. I’m going to try really hard to post more often!

I will start with Ipsy.

 Ipsy September 2014

First off, I absolutely love love love the bag this time! It’s a really nice shade of grey and I love the studs. I’ve been using it to store my makeup brushes, and it’s the perfect size for them to lay flat. And so far the zipper hasn’t fallen off like the orange polka-dot bag did.

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil – $11.00

The eyeliner I received was in the color “fringe,” which is a fancy word for brown. The brown is not too dark and not too red, which I like. Brown/Red eyeliner’s don’t work for me, and I greatly appreciate the fact that I got an eyeliner wasn’t black. It goes on really well and I can easily smudge it into place along my lash line. I love the fact that it isn’t tested on animals and no animal products were used to make it. My only problem is that it’s water proof. I don’t use water proof because it doesn’t come off easily. Some people really like water-proof mascara and eyeliner, but I don’t. I find it a hindrance more than useful. I would definitely consider buying the full sized, but the sample was pretty big. I will be able to use it for at least another month.

Hikari Lipstick – $13

I’m pretty sure that we got the full sized product in the bag. The shade we received is called “Cabernet.” The color is nice, an almost purple red that is great for the fall. I’m not wild about the fact that it clumps awkwardly around dry patches on my lips. I would suggest putting on chaptstick before putting on the lipstick. The lipstick is also not great with staying on my lips for very long. When I put it on in the morning, it has rubbed off considerably after drinking my morning coffee on my ride to work. This is compensated for by getting a full sized sample to put on after the coffee. I’m not sure if I would buy this exact color again, but I would be willing to try a different color, something with a little less purple.  See the shade below!

NYX and Hikari

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow – $4.50

I received what appears to be a full sized sample in the shade “Innocent.” The shade is a metallic-like brown. I like the shade and it’s definitely one I don’t have, but I was disappointed that when I put the eye shadow on, the shade simply doesn’t look the same on my eyes as in the container. For it to get even close to the shade in the container, I have to brush it on very thickly, at least apply it on three different times. Which is a bit too much effort to get a color that is only slightly darker than my natural skin tone. I have used it as a base for other colors to be layered on it several times. All and all, I’m not displeased with my sample, but I don’t love it either. I might consider buying other colors, however, I am way more likely to purchase the previously reviewed J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow.  As you can tell from the above photo, you can’t see the shadow very well against my skin.

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush – $6.99

Ironically enough, I was looking to purchase a new eye-shadow brush for the main application of eye-shadow on the top of my lid. I was excited to get to try this brush out, but alas my excitement was stunted when I got it. The shadow part of the brush (the wide and larger eye-shadow brush in the picture) is a little too wide for my eyes, and a little too flat to use above the lid and below the eyebrow. I have tried to use it in both ways on more than one occasion, but I just don’t like it for my eyes. The crease part of the shadow is definitely more effective for me. It does exactly what I want it to by seamlessly working the shadow into the crease of my eye. The brush is very dense which means I don’t have to use a lot of shadow. I probably won’t purchase another shadow brush anytime soon though, as I bought myself a nice set of Ecobrushes.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask – $26

I loved it. Plain and simple. It does exactly what it claims to do, which is to repair dry and damaged hair from hot tools and general living. My hair has a propensity to be dry, so this was great for me. After I used it my hair felt much softer and less brittle for a couple of days. My biggest gripe with the product was that the sample was a bit small. I only got two and a half uses out it and on the last use had to supplement the product with my own conditioner. That being said, this is the product I’m most likely to spend my money on.

Birchbox last month was in celebration of their anniversary so they gave extra samples.


Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeline – $15

I will talk about this first. It’s the only product not shown in the picture because I gave it away. I have already gone in-depth about black eyeliner and therefore I don’t feel the need to go on ad-nauseam about the fact that I don’t wear black eyeliner. I gave this to my friend and she seems pleased with it.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner – $45

The packaging claims it’s supposed to be for blackheads, to unclog the pores, and to minimize the appearance of pores. It’s also supposedly going to turn blue and feel cool on your skin when it’s ready to be washed off. Can’t say that it’s ever turned blue or felt cool on my skin no matter how much or how little I used. It does however seem to work on the blackheads and shrinking the pores on my nose. I’ve always had problems with blackheads on my nose and it’s always bothered me. Nothing ever seems to work, and not that this magically makes the gross little blackheads go away, but after almost a months use I do think I have fewer blackheads and my pores look smaller. Not as great as the “vacuum cleaner” would imply, but definitely effective. I’m pretty sure I will never purchase this though, because $45 seems a bit ridiculous for only an once of product.

JUARA Candlenut Body Creme – $35

I love love love this body cream! The formula is perfect, extremely silky and leaves my skin soft. The package indicates it is to be used when your skin is really dry, so when I had a really bad sunburn (as only I could do on the absolute last day of summer), I applied it and I feel this product locked in moisture and shortened my healing process. I used it before and after the sunburn, and I still love it. Even the smell, which I can’t describe but I know I like. Two samples came in my box this time, which if you’ve read any of my other reviews you know I like it when I can use a sample more than once. I’m not sure if I would ever get a full sized version of this, but I’m enjoying the sample.

ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night – $2.99

I got the full sized product. I’ve used both the day and night formulas, the day more than the night because I can never remember to use the night one at bedtime. But, it’s chaptstick. I will use it and my lips will be softer. It’s particularly appropriate now that we are heading towards the winter months when my lips will suffer the bitter cold.

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream – $20

I’m a huge fan of the ingredients they used for the shave cream and that it’s paraben and sulfate free. It has shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil that really moisturizes the shaved area. It’s very creamy and is perfect for shaving sensitive areas. I’ve used it several times and I love how it makes shaving easier. I would definitely recommend using it for very sensitive areas and not your legs, because it’s simply too expensive to waste on such a large area that doesn’t require the same level of care. My only problem with the sample that I got was the smell. I hated it. I don’t know what about it I hate, because supposedly it smells like acai grapefruit. There is something about this particular smell I don’t like, but I will say that my boyfriend used this on his face (he really liked it too) and he loved the smell. I found that I can buy the shave cream in a different scent, which exponentially increases its purchase-ability.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – $79

Needless to say with a price point of $79 and the fact that I’m not rich, I will never buy this. I also don’t have a lot to say about it, because it’s not relevant to my life. At all. It’s supposed to reduce dark spots and even your skin tone. Needless to say, I’m in my early 20s and have not reached the point in my life where I have dark spots to reduce. I plan to give it to my mom to see if she likes it.

Random Acts of Kindness Checkup

In my last post about positivity, I talked about how to boost happiness and challenged myself to random acts of kindness to try to boost my own happiness. The first thing I decided to do was to leave some money at the vending machines at my office. I left $1.50 in an envelope for some lucky individual to come along and snap it up. I left it in the evening just before I left work. It was gone by the time I got to work the next day.

Snacks random acts of kindnesssnacks random acts of kindness2

I definitely felt really good about leaving the money for someone else to use, but I must admit that the effects didn’t last very long. That might have been because I didn’t devote time to ruminating on my random act of kindness. It also could have been because I did this only once in a about four weeks, as I’m not made of money and I can’t afford to continuously buy snacks for one lucky random person at my office or elsewhere. I am a struggling 20-something after all. So, I’ve been thinking about what I could do for random acts of kindness that wouldn’t break my bank. After much thought, I’ve decided to try leaving inspirational quotes on people’s cars as a little pick-me-up before the droll hubbub of the day. Not sure if anyone will read it or take it seriously, but I figure if even one person smiles from one of the quotes I leave, then it’s been a good effort. Here are some of the quotes I will be leaving on people’s cars.

inspirational quotes

What do you guys think? Would you like receiving an anonymous note with inspirational and motivational quotes? Would you read something you found on your car?   What would you do instead? Do you have any ideas on how to do random acts of kindness without spending money?? Did you do a challenge yourself? How did it go?


August Birchbox VS Ipsy

I do apologize for not keeping as active as I would like to. Recently, work has been kicking my butt and I haven’t had as much time to be able to post. In light of this, I’m doing a Birchbox VS Ipsy post as a two birds with one stone. I will write a brief review of all the products and then let you know which I consider the best and then which products were my favorite.

Let’s start with Birchbox! 

birchbox August

I got five items, I will start with the only item not pictured the “nugg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask.” Now, I’ve stated a few times that I really like to try at product at least twice, but in my Birchbox, they only sent one little pod that did not come with very good instructions. Nowhere on the packaging or the little card that comes with the box did it say how much to use of the pod, and I had to look it up online. I don’t appreciate having to hunt down how to use a product or how much to apply. The pod itself only stated “apply ample amounts,” which is subjective. I have never used a mask before, but was excited to get to try one. Mine was a flaxseed and peppermint oil mask, which sounds pleasant, but wasn’t. The smell was too extreme for me and it stung my eyes. In fact, the entire mask stung my face and I ended up just taking it off after a couple of minutes. The mask also stated it was to revitalize and “plump” the face. Not sure why my face needs “plumping.”  I didn’t feel that the mask did anything, but again I only got one chance to try it. It’s very possible the mask is wonderful and helps the skin, but my small sample did not make me want to buy the full product. Not sure if I will try a different kind at a later time given the disappointing account of this mask. A set of 5 is $14.99. 

Next I got, the Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow in Silver Strands. I love this eyeshadow cream. I love the color, I love that it stays really well on my eyelids throughout the day, and I love how versatile the color is. I can wear it in the daytime or for a night out. It pairs really well with other eyeshadows I have and the subtle metallic hue gives my eyes an extra little pop. I also love the amount of eyeshadow that was in the tube. Since I don’t use it everyday, this will last me a long time. The only aspect I don’t like about this eyeshadow, is that it stings when first applied or if it accidentally gets in my eyes.  The full sized product is $19.00.

I also got the Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream. It contains pink grapefruit, vanilla botanicals, and shea butter. The smell is delicious. I can’t determine exactly what it smells like, not really like grapefruit and not really like vanilla, but it is an amazing smell. The lotion feels good on my skin, makes it feel very smooth. Which is what a lotion is supposed to due, but surprisingly enough not every lotion does this. This is probably my favorite smelling lotion that I have, but I don’t really need lotions until the winter when my skin dries out. The full sized product costs $22.00, but given the fact that I now have a bunch of lotion samples, probably won’t be buying it anytime soon. 

Lastly, I will discuss the Neil George shampoo and conditioner. The card in the birchbox claim the shampoo and conditioner are created by Beverly Hills stylists which is supposed to make me hair shinier. If this is what Beverly Hills stylists have to offer, then I will pass and save me hundreds of dollars. I HATE this shampoo and conditioner. Seriously, I hate it. I’ve used it a few times, and it does the exact opposite of making my hair shiny. It actually feels more rough and damaged after I used it. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure shampoo and conditioners aren’t supposed to make your hair feel rough. Not to mention I hate the smell of them. The shampoo doesn’t suds at all, which would be fine if it was sulfate free. But it’s not sulfate free. I would not recommend this product and I am definitely not going to buy it. This just didn’t work for my hair at all and I was extremely disappointed they consisted such a huge portion of my box.

  ipsy augustNow onto my Ipsy bag. The bag this month was actually really cute. Orange polka-dots. I’m currently using it as my travel make up bag (never had enough makeup before where I could have a travel makeup bag, so I feel I’m moving up in the world of beauty products!). 

First, I got Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner. On the bottle is a list of what the product is supposed to do, which is minimize pores reduce fine lines, erase shine, and absorb oil. Now, I’ve used this several times, and I’m honestly not sure if this product does any of that. But, it sure does feel good on my face. It has a really nice creamy mouse like feel when applied that I absolutely love, and I’ve been using it as a primer for my foundation. As for the reducing fine lines and minimizing the looks of my pores? I feel very “meh” about it. I don’t think it accomplishes as much as it boasts, but I will definitely finish the bottle up. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. The full sized bottle (which is only 1 oz!!!) is $45. I would personally never  pay $45 for a product I’m not sure does anything, and I definitely would not pay $45 for a primer, but hey if you are looking to put some really nice smooth stuff on your face, then this is the primer for you! 

I also got the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. The sample is pretty small, and I was very hesitant because it’s black, and I don’t normally wear black mascara or eyeliner (again the raccoon look just doesn’t work for me), however I was actually pleased. The black doesn’t look as extreme on my eyelashes as I expected, and I definitely love the formula. The texture is great and applies really well and easily to my lashes. The mascara does give me that full lash look and it lasts all day (which I love because I very rarely reapply my mascara). My only gripe really is that the sample is very small and I wish it had more. The full sized product is $22, which is actually pretty reasonable for Urban Decay products, which tend to be on the expensive side. I might actually consider purchasing this in the future.

Then I got the J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow in Half Naked. At first I thought this shade might be a little too light, but I was again proven wrong. I’ve used it many times now and I love the shade. I’ve been using it as the base on my lid. It’s a tad darker than my skin tone, but has a nice shimmer to it, which works really well with a natural look. I tend to lean more towards a natural look for the day time because of my work, so I’ve been very pleased with it. This was a full sized product, which only costs $2.99, which is extremely reasonable. After such a good experience with it, I’m extremely likely to purchase it again, as well as try other colors. 

Next I got Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner. It’s nice. In the words of my sister, “it’s chapstick, it gets used.” That pretty much sums up my feelings on it. It’s organic, which makes it a cut above other chapsticks in my opinion. The full sized is $5.50. 

Lastly I received Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oak Milk. I have used dry shampoos in the past and find them fast, easy, and useful for my bangs and roots. I wash my hair every other day, but sometimes in between washes, my bangs and roots will get greasy and I will occasionally use dry shampoo to take care of that without having to wash my whole head. This dry shampoo definitely works and it doesn’t smell as bad as other dry shampoos I’ve used in the past. It leaves my hair clean and soft. I’ve never actually purchased a dry shampoo before, but after using this and finding how useful it is to have on hand, I am more than likely going to buy the full sized product. The full sized is only $19.50, but I would get the non-aerosol version they have of it. 

All in all, I would have to say Ipsy won it for me this month. I was just incredibly disappointed by the shampoo and conditioner I got in my Birchbox. The only really useful product I got from them this month was the eyeshadow, which I picked out myself. Ipsy had more products that I love, use, and would consider buying in the future. I hope this was helpful and I will try to keep a little more up to date this month once the craziness as work settles! 

Let me know what you think! I’ve love to hear from ya! 


I love pizza. If I could, I might just eat it all the time. Since pizza isn’t all that healthy when purchased at a pizzeria, I decided to make a healthier home-made pizza.

pizza ingredients

For my pizza, I used a sweet red pepper, tomato and basil marinara sauce, garlic and herb pizza dough, reduced fat mozzarella, baby spinach, and a tomato given to my by my dad right out of his garden. Except the tomato, everything was purchased at Trader Joe’s. In case you couldn’t already tell, I’m a bit obsessed with Trader Joe’s.

I used a small cookie sheet to bake the pizza on and set the oven’s temperature to 450F. I let the dough sit out to thaw a bit (about ten minutes), put a little olive oil on the sheet, and then kneaded the dough out to the shape of the pan. Then I added about 1/4 cup of the marinara on to the dough, spreading it out as evenly as possible.

Then I put a liberal amount of cheese on, I can’t help it after all I love cheese. I cut up the tomato (which was red all the way through! I was so happy and excited to see that), and the red pepper. I used the whole tomato, but only a handful of the red pepper. Then I put baby spinach on as well.

The instructions on the dough said to bake the pizza for 12-14 minutes, but I found that after the 14 minutes were up, the middle was just a tad bit soft. Next time I would suggest baking just the dough for a little bit, about 3 minutes, before putting the toppings on in order to avoid  an under-cooked middle and over-cooked edges.

The final result was this!


The pizza tasted really good! I was worried about the red pepper/tomato combo, but I shouldn’t have it was delicious! My pizza was a delicious and healthier alternative to pizzeria pizza and I got two meals out of it.  Let me know what you think!



Review of “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett



First off, this is a fantastic book. I started reading it early July and was done with it in about two weeks. This is the type of book where you forget time and simply don’t want to put it down. It was well written and the characters were so real I believed they existed. More than being well written, however, the book served as an eye opener for me. The book was set in Mississippi in the 1960s, and in reality, the 60s were not all that long ago. Only about 50 years ago, a blimp on the span of time, portions of our society and country were completely different. The Jim Crow laws were in effect and some white people were absolutely convinced they were superior to other races and ethnic groups. 

I don’t want to sound naive, but I was always raised with tolerance. I was taught that I am just like everyone else and other people are not better or worse than me simply because of what we look like. I know this is going to sound foolish too, but I don’t always see color, I see people. I see people who have been through different experiences and I see character. I have always been a good judge of character and able to recognize the “stuff” people are made of. I care more about a persons actions and what is in their heart. I might believe this, but I am not naive enough to know that there are people who did and still do judge a persons worth and character by their skin color. 

One of the characters, Hilly (a nasty piece of work by the way), was convinced that black people had certain diseases (not that she ever once stated what kinds of diseases black people are supposed to have) that white people could get simply be sharing a toilet seat. Yes this might have been in a book, but this way of thinking was real. It happened. People were discriminated against to the point where many lost their lives. Hilly forced Skeeter (one of the only redeemable white people in this entire book) to publish an article about how white people needed to install separate toilets for their black maids. Maids, because that was one of the few job positions a black woman could hold in the south. Honestly, the entire book was such a revelation for me I honestly don’t know if it could cover all the points I want to. The book showed the mind sets of people in the south back in the 60’s. Heck, it shows the mind sets of some people in this country today. The events of Ferguson, Missouri are a prime example how people are treated differently because of the color of their skin.  

If anything, the book is educational in a compelling way. Be prepared to be disgusted and amazed as you read about the lives of three women in Jackson. Mississippi and their hopes and fears. Every day they feared they would cross the line and get jumped by the white residents of their city, but tried to make a difference by letting others know the truth of what they were subjected to. Yet at the time, it was not a simple issue for speaking out ruined lives. Today it is possible to protest and speak up for human rights, it might not always be safe (again look at Ferguson) but it doesn’t sign your death warrant either. In their city, the maids could lose their jobs or worse their lives or the lives of their loved ones if they spoke out about the discrimination and cruelty they were subjected to.  The book has made me more aware of the struggles of minorities and just how real racism is. My hope is that we as a society can learn to treat people as people, and that the worth of a human life is not determined by skin color. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone and anyone.  

My Mini Haul

I would say this is a makeup “haul,” but I don’t really have the ability to get a “haul” so I will call this “my mini haul.” Four of the items I bought at Ulta in a little haul, and the fifth item I bought off of Birchbox. Haul 8.18.14

The first item I want to talk about it the Revlon Colorstay for normal to dry skin in the shade 110 Ivory.

I am pretty pale and have had a lot of trouble finding a foundation that matches my skin tone but doesn’t make me look completely dead. And let me tell you, this is not an easy feat. Either way some kind of blush or light bronzer plays into making me look alive. I also have a difficult time with using foundations that don’t dry out my skin and make it flaky. Usually when I use foundation, I will get these annoying dry spots on my nose and between my eyebrows. My nose and eyebrows get flaky and scaly looking. I hate it! Which is why I don’t usually wear foundation, but I want to be able to fix the redness in my face. 

So I took my boyfriend shopping (bless him by the way, he really helped while I was at Ulta!) for them and he helped me find this foundation. I tested it on my hand, the color was pretty darn close, so I thought I would try it. Boy am I glad I did! I’m beyond happy with this foundation. It doesn’t settle into my pores and skin, it stays on my face for most of my work day, and the color matches my skin tone very well. I will say that I need to use moisturizer underneath the foundation, but I think the formula for normal/dry skin was definitely the choice for me. I also like that it’s not too heavy, and doesn’t make me feel that I’m wearing a mask. I would definitely purchase this again. 

The second item I’m going to review is the Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Mahogany Flame.

I’ve been looking for a liquid liner for awhile because I’ve admired liquid liner on others and have always wanted to try it. I purchased the mahogany color because it’s a very warm brown and goes well with my eye color. After using it for a couple of weeks, I love the color and the fact that it stays on my eyelids all day. 

Now what I don’t like about this eyeliner is that it burns if it gets into my eyes and causes my eyes to water. Not sure what ingredient in the liquid that burns me, but I definitely don’t appreciate my makeup burning me. The second aspect of the eyeliner I really don’t like is the applicator. The applicator simply doesn’t work for me. It is this small thin malleable applicator that doesn’t allow easy application. I find that the little applicator will move at exactly the wrong time and create a line I don’t want. 

Revlong Liquid Liner SwatchRevlon Liquid Liner Applicator

Next, I want to mention Prestige Prime & Ready Eye Primer. 

My poor, poor boyfriend. I had just run out of my eye primer that I had bought for $1.99 at Target. Seeing that I haven’t been able to find this primer again, and I needed one, my boyfriend and I looked all over the Ulta store looking for a primer. We found a lot of lip primers and foundation primers, but eye primers at this particular Ulta were few and far between. I was shocked by how few choices they had and by how expensive my choices were. In the end, I bought the Prestige primer mainly because I got the most primer for my money ($9.49 by the way if you were curious.) I have been extremely underwhelmed by this primers ability. Yes, it creates the base for my eye shadows, and yes it makes the color of the shadows more pronounced, and yes it makes my shadows last longer. Do I think it did a better job than my $1.99 eye primer that I bought at Target?? No. In fact, I feel it does not perform nearly as well as my cheap little primer. Needless to say, if I can find my first primer I will definitely buy it again to avoid paying about 80% more for a product that doesn’t work 80% better.

The next item is Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast. 

Now, normally I use the Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara. I’ve been using this mascara for years, but at the recommendation of my favorite makeup Guru MakeUpbyTiffanyD, I decided to try the clump crusher. I must admit, I wasn’t not prepared to love this mascara, but I do. I love the color (brown, as always), I love the separation I get (not sure if it’s the formula or the brush), and I love the brush. It had a nice curve to it that curls my lashes and it doesn’t clump nearly as often as the volume mascara did. This will more than likely be my new “go to” mascara.

 The last item is the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Tamara Red. 

This is a lipstick that I bought with my first ever discount from Birchbox. I was looking for a red lipstick that was not as bright red that I could use for an everyday lip color. While browsing the products for sale on Birchbox, I came across this lipstick and I was drawn in by the color. After using it a few times, I am still in love with the color (an almost rust kind of red but not as orange), but am a bit disappointed in its ability to last all day. I’m a coffee drinker and I usually sip my coffee for hours, and only after a couple of hours at work, most of the color is gone. I’m not sure if this is because I’m not using a primer of some sort (which I will purchase on my next mini haul) or if it’s the formula of the lipstick. Either way, I still am very pleased with the lipstick and would most likely purchase again once I am done with it (if I am ever done with it because it takes me forever to use up lip products). 

Laura Mercier Lipstick Swatch

What do you think of these products? Have you ever tried any of them? Did you have a different experience with one of these than I have? Any suggestions on new products to try? Let me know and talk to you soon! 

The Liebster Award

I am completely honored that the lovely Lou from Vegantarian Lifestyle  has nominated me for the Liebster Award. I cannot say how glad and blessed I feel that someone likes my blog enough to nominate it for an award. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 



So here goes! 

The rules: 

  • You must answer all the questions & write 11 random facts about yourself
  • You must link back to the person who nominated you, but you cannot nominate the person who nominated you
  • You must nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less then 200 followers and ask them 11 questions
  • You must inform all nominees of their nomination & provide nominees with a link to your post for more info

My nominator asked me to answer these questions! 

1. What’s your favorite food? 
My favorite food item is a toss up between cheese and avocados. My favorite type of food to eat would be Indian and Italian. 

2. Do you think you can be an animal rights activist and not be a vegan/vegetarian? Why?

I do think that someone can be an animal rights activist and not be a vegan/vegetarian. I think this, even though I am a vegetarian myself, because I think it is possible to like to eat meat but not like how the animals are treated. I have always said I don’t mind that other people eat meat, I just mind that they know where their meat came from and how the animals were treated to get to your plate. I grew up on a farm where our animals have plenty of space to roam around, we fed them regularly and well, and they were often socialized to where you could pet/interact with most of the animals we raised. Our animals did not have horrific lives, even if most of their lives were ended to feed our family and other families. I just am very disappointed and concerned that most people are not aware of the conditions most animals for food are kept in. I would like my government and the farmers to have better practices in how they treat the animals. 

3. What camera do you usually use for the pictures on your blog? 
Ugh this is definitely a problem. I’ve been using my camera phone which is a huge problem because the photos are just not sharp, but alas I don’t have the money right now to be able to purchase a camera. I do have a camera, but have not had a chance to get a new memory card that works in it. Thank you for reminding me that I need to do this! 
4. What is your most listened to song on your phone/iPod/mp3 player? 
Wow. I don’t even know. Probably something by Billy Joel because for some reason or another, I get the most amount of work done while I am listening to a Billy Joel playlist I found on YouTube. 

5. Coffee: Best thing in the world vs. can’t have it 
Best thing in the world. I have to have it or I am such a cranky pants. 

6. What made you be interested in the topic that you now blog mostly about? 
I blog about a few different topics but they focus on positivity. I became interested in this topic in college. I was a very unhappy and negative person in high school, but in college I started living my life differently. I started focusing less on what made me mad and upset and focused on what made me happy. I blog about aspects of my life that produce positivity because I have had hard times in my life and would have loved to read a blog about someone like me growing up.  

7. Cats or Dogs? 
Cats in general, but I love one dog more than I loved any cat. My dog Ginger is my special dog and I don’t think another animal ever will mean as much to me as my dog Ginger. Ginger belonged to my uncle before he passed away from cancer in 2005. The last time I saw him I was really upset and crying. I made my mom promise that when my uncle died we would take Ginger, because Ginger was his baby and he loved her very much. But in general, I like cats a lot more than I like dogs. 

8. What is your favorite seasoning(besides salt and pepper)? 
Garlic and Basil 

9. Summer vs. Winter? 

10. What is the most random item you absolutely can’t live without?
Probably a book of some kind. 

11. What is the most addicting tv-show you know? 
I would have to say Bones. 

The 11 random facts about myself. 

1. In the 7th grade, I went to three different schools 

2. My little sister and I buried a time capsule in our back yard when we were younger 

3. I get the worst cravings for ice cream 

4. I am left handed 

5. The first musical I was ever in was Annie the Musical. I played an orphan. 

6. I love to play Nancy Drew computer games 

7. I didn’t have the internet in my house until I was 10 years old. My sister’s and I would need to go to the library to use the internet 

8. I grew up in the country and am a country girl at heart with the attitude of a city person

9. The time I spent in Ireland had been one of the best times of my life 

10. My favorite cat I ever owned was Crystal. She was a priss, but she always knew when I was upset. 

11. I have a 6 year old niece I love and adore. 

Here are the questions I want to ask the people I nominate! 

1. What got you interested in blogging? 

2. What is your favorite book and why? 

3. What is your favorite make-up item and why?  

4. What is your favorite food that make? 

5. What do you do, other than blogging, in your spare time? 

6. Who in your life has been your pillar of strength? 

7. Cake or ice-cream? 

8. What is your favorite book? 

9. Do you exercise regularly? And if so, what motivates you? 

10. What quote resonates most with your life? 

11. What is your favorite word? 

I would like to nominate the following 

1. Sarah from Kitty Approved Beauty

2. Trish from Beauty of Consciousness 

3. Eat. Shop. Sleep. Repeat. 

4. Leila from Leila Lina 

5. V from Say Hello to Gorgeous